Nikkei Chicago / 日系シカゴ

Documenting the untold stories of Nikkei (Japanese American) Chicago シカゴにおける日系人に関する記事のサイト

The Chicago Nisei Before World War II

BY TAKAKO DAY In Japanese American history, Chicago is known as one of the primary urban relocation areas for those who were incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michitaro Ongawa: The First Japanese American Chicagoan

BY TAKAKO DAY On July 8, 1867, the Chicago Tribune reported a love story between a Chicago girl and a Japanese acrobat. Traveling acrobats were most likely the first Japanese … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Japanese Young Men’s Christian Institute of Chicago and the Japanese Women’s Club, 1907-1929

BY MAYUMI HOSHINO On November 29th, 1913, the Chicago Daily Tribune reported on a special dinner banquet that had invited “every known Japanese resident in the city” and was held … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nisei Recollections of a Pre-Resettlement Chicago

Follow the story of “Rocky” Yamanaka, one of the few remaining Nisei who remembers life in Chicago before Japanese American resettlement, from his family’s difficulties in the Great Depression, his … Continue reading

September 14, 2013 · 4 Comments