Pacific Citizen Ventures Into E-Commerce

By September 8, 2017September 15th, 2017No Comments

If you’ve visited in the last few weeks, you might have noticed ads for products sold by embedded into many stories. The ads are for products that you might already shop for, like Japanese foods.

Those ads represent the “soft launch” of the Amazon Associates program with the Pacific Citizen. This program is a way for the P.C. to earn some extra money from readers who shop online using

With JACL’s thousands of members nationwide, we here at the Pacific Citizen figured that there must be a sizable number in that group who use frequently for their e-commerce needs — and for those who feel inclined to support the Pacific Citizen’s mission, it’s an easy way to buy what you want and help the P.C. earn a little extra money.

The way it works: When you visit and click on an ad, a “cookie” or bit of code is put into your browser for 24 hours. If within those 24 hours you purchase the advertised item — or any item sold on — that cookie allows the P.C. to get a small percentage of the sale.

If you frequent — maybe you’re an Amazon Prime customer — and happen to be inclined to help the Pacific Citizen, we ask that you first visit and click on an ad like the one below our nameplate. Then, when you do your shopping on within that 24-hour period, the Pacific Citizen will eventually get a small part of that sale deposited directly into our checking account.

In other words, you get what you want, and we get what we need. And if you’re not an customer, this is a good opportunity to give it a try — instead of driving to a grocery store and lugging home a 15-pound sack of rice up a flight of stairs, you can have it delivered to your doorstep. Not bad!

In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out some other innovations on to better serve our far-flung JACLers.

In the meantime, though, visit — and start clicking!