Nikkei Chicago / 日系シカゴ

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Forward Chicago Profile: Toshiko (Tonko) Doi

“Forward Chicago is a grassroots, all-volunteer non-profit that connects neighbors, businesses and local organizations to build a stronger community. Together, we’re creating a neighborhood where people of all ages are … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Kansha Project

The Kansha Project is a JACL Chicago program that connects Japanese American youth to the continuing legacy of the Japanese American community’s incarceration during World War II. This documentary centers around the 2012 Kansha Project and … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gaman – Portraits of Chicago Nisei WWII Veterans

Gaman: Portraits of Chicago Nisei World War II Veterans, chronicles the experiences of six Japanese American veterans. After the United States entered World War II, Executive Order 9066 was signed, … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 11 Comments

The Future of the Past: Digitized Archival Sources on Nikkei Chicago

By ELLEN WU Like just about everything else these days, history has gone high tech. Which is great news for those looking to know more about Chicago’s Japanese Americans, particularly … Continue reading

August 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Forgotten Story of Japanese American Zoot Suiters

By ELLEN D. WU Sus Kaminaka was a zoot suiter: one of the many young people in 1940s America who embraced a distinctive, working-class urban aesthetic characterized by flamboyant fashions … Continue reading

January 25, 2014 · 18 Comments

“Gaman in Nisei”

A documentary featuring interviews with Nisei attendees of the Japanese American Service Committee’s “Out of the House Program” at the Christ Church of Chicago, this short piece explores issues related … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · 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