Kansha Project

What is the Kansha Project?

The Kansha Project is a JACL Chicago program that connects self-identified Japanese Americans, ages 18-25, to the continuing legacy of the Japanese American community’s incarceration during World War II. The program centers around an educational trip to Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood and the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Kansha Project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

Applications are closed for 2018 Kansha Project - join us for Culmination on June 23!

When will the program take place?

The Kansha Project takes place every year in June.

2018 Program Dates:
Orientation: June 13
Trip: June 14-17
Culmination: June 23

Who can participate?

The program is open to any self-identified Japanese American between the ages of 18-25. Participants must commit to all components of the program.

Where will they go?

Participants will travel to Los Angeles for a three-night, four-day period. The program will be based in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of L.A., where the educational sessions will take place. The trip will include an overnight stay near the Manzanar concentration camp site.

How is the program structured?

In addition to the trip, participants will be required to attend a full day orientation session at the JACL Chicago office prior to their departure; work on a project throughout the program that will express their reflections and personal connection to this legacy; and present their projects to the Chicago community during a culmination event held one week after returning.

What will they do?

Educational sessions will cover:

  • Personal racial and ethnic identity
  • Interpersonal impact of incarceration on the Japanese American community
  • Current state of the Japanese American community
  • The continued legacy of the Japanese American experience

Other activities will include:

  • Various workshops addressing topics such as identity, Japanese American history, and the impacts of the incarceration
  • Visit to the Japanese American National Museum
  • Tour of Little Tokyo’s historic sites
  • Overnight stay near Manzanar concentration camp site: guided tour, Manzanar Interpretive Center, National Parks Service hands-on service project.

How much will it cost?

There is a nominal participation fee of $100 for JACL Chicago members, $150 for non-members. All costs during the program (travel, lodging, food, etc.) will be covered.

*Participants may be eligible for the discounted participant fee if they become JACL Chicago members upon acceptance into the program.

Participant Reflections

If you have any questions, you can contact us at: kansha@jaclchicago.org