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Contested Histories: Finding Home-(Re)Building Community in the Second City

May 17, 2019 @ 10:45 am - May 19, 2019 @ 7:45 pm

As a part of the Japanese American National Museum’s (JANM) Contested Histories Exhibit, that will be at Midwest Buddhist Temple (5/17 – 5/19), there is a weekend full of programs called “Finding Home – (Re)Building Community in the Second City”.

The programming includes things like facilitated intergenerational dialogues, family genealogy (how to find important historic info about your family’s incarceration experience), a casual and fun open mic night and a stage-reading of “Garage Door Opener”, a play from LA-based Grateful Crane Ensemble (Soji Kashiwagi), followed by a discussion with Dr. Satsuki Ina about intergenerational trauma.


  • All programs are FREE
  • Attendees can come to as many or as few programs as they wish
  • Everything takes place at MBT (435 W Menomonee Chicago 60614)
  • Programs DO NOT require pre-registration, except:
  • “Contested Histories” refers specifically to JANM’s traveling exhibit
  • “Finding Home…” refers to the full weekend of programming

See detailed schedule of programming

Facebook event for Finding Home programs


FRIDAY, 5/17

“Contested Histories” Exhibit Viewing
10:45am – 5:00pm


“Contested Histories” – Collection presentation by JANM Art Director, Clement Hanami
10:45am – 11:45am

“Sharing Stories: Intergenerational Conversations” – small group discussions to discuss the incarceration and its legacy. Planned by Anne Watanabe, JJ Ueunten, and Emily Harada.
See flyer for more details
Register for this program here
1:00pm – 4:00pm

“Activating Archives – Exploring Family History through Objects & Artifacts” – JANM Collections Manager Kristen Hayashi along with Eric Langowski and Josh Fidler tell family stories through archives, collections, and objects. Learn tips for discovering your own family history.
4:15pm – 6:15pm

“Open Mic Night” – Come support some of Chicago’s hidden talent as community members present their art. If you’d like to perform, please sign up here.
7:30pm – 9:30pm

SUNDAY, 5/19

“Sharing Stories: Intergenerational Conversations” – see above
See flyer for more details
Register for this program here
1:00pm – 4:00pm

“Garage Door Opener” – Stage reading of Soji Kashiwagi’s (director of Grateful Crane) “Japanese American dysfunctional family” comedy/drama.
4:15pm – 6:15pm

Intergenerational Trauma // Q&A – Following the play, Dr. Satsuki Ina and Soji Kashiwagi will discuss the play’s content, impact of incarceration on families, and Dr. Ina’s work on intergenerational trauma and healing.
6:15pm – 7:30pm


May 17, 2019 @ 10:45 am
May 19, 2019 @ 7:45 pm


Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W Menomonee St
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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