Nikkei Chicago / 日系シカゴ

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The Japanese Peruvian Community of Chicago

By RYAN MASAAKI YOKOTA On a warm spring day last year, members of the Japanese Peruvian community filled the pews of the Church of Christ Presbyterian in Chicago not for … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Kansha Project 2016 Reflection – Miki Takeshita

BY MIKI TAKESHITA Kansha Project 2016 Reflection Kansha Project Culmination, June 18, 2016 “In February 1942, the War Relocation Authority began to establish centers where Japanese Americans, including those born … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · 1 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

Adopting From Japan: One Chicago Couple’s Journey

By RYAN MASAAKI YOKOTA For most parents in the United States, their first encounter with their child occurs at birth in an American hospital setting. For Jonathon and Mari, however, … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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