2/19/23 Day of Remembrance

Sunday,  February 19th, 2022 from 1-3pm & Reception from 3-5pm

Chicago History Museum

Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066 led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Every year, the Japanese American community in Chicago comes together to commemorate E.O. 9066 as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.

After Japanese American incarceration came mandatory “resettlement.” What was it like to be forced to leave your home, deny your heritage, and start over? At Day of Remembrance 2023, we will host the world premiere of Full Spectrum Features’ Resettlement: Chicago Story, a short historical film and educational website that explores how people of Japanese ancestry beat the odds and remade their lives after their wrongful incarceration during WWII.

Resettlement: Chicago Story tells an intergenerational story of the Yamamoto family several years after camp, as they struggle to rebuild their lives and make ends meet through their family dry cleaning business. The film’s companion immersive learning website builds upon both the characters and historical events of incarceration and resettlement introduced in the film to create the “world” through which viewers can engage with facts, figures, and important social themes that extend from this history.

After the film and website premiere, Reina Higashitani (film director and professor at the New American Film School, Arizona State University) and Dr. Helen Cho (professor of Asian American Studies, Northwestern University) will discuss their engagement with Resettlement and how they approach this unique history as filmmaker, media scholar, and educators.

This year’s DOR event will also focus on accessibility. Audio Description, Open Captions, CART (Live) Captioning, and ASL Interpretation will be included throughout the program. The venue and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible with ramps, elevators and electronic doors throughout the building.

The event will be held from 1:30 – 3:00 pm at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. It is free and open to the public. Masks are required. Register at bit.ly/DOR2023 Partner Code: DOR2023

Before the event, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the Chicago History Museum, Full Spectrum Features will host a workshop for teachers on the history of Japanese American incarceration and resettlement. An honorarium is available for teachers. Limited space available. Email ashley@fullspectrumfeatures.com to register.

Full Spectrum Features will host a premiere reception at the Chicago History Museum from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Refreshments and appetizers will be included; potluck contributions are welcome. 

Visit chicagodor.wordpress.com for more information. This event is sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Council, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter, Japanese American Service Committee, and Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.

2/6/23 PAVE Mayoral Forum

Monday, February 6, 2023 from 6-8PM

Chicago History Museum, McCormick Theater

On Monday, February 6, 2023, from 6-8pm, JACL Chicago will join Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago and the Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment Coalition (PAVE) for the quad-annual nonpartisan Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum at the Chicago History Museum, McCormick Theater.

The PAVE Coalition consists of 16 Asian American advocacy and direct service organizations in the Chicagoland area. Founded in 2011, the PAVE Coalition focuses on increasing voter turnout and civic participation among Asian Americans and improving the lives of Asian Americans through advocacy and policy change.

Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial demographic in Chicago and the PAVE Coalition’s Mayoral Candidate Forum is an exciting opportunity to learn about candidate responses to key issues affecting Asian American communities. PAVE’s Forum will cover:

  • public safety,
  • Immigration,
  • language access,
  • affordable housing,
  • senior services, and
  • Chicago Public Schools

1/31/23 Next Gen. Nikkei Open House

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 from 6-7pm on Zoom

Next Gen Nikkei is hosting a virtual open house event on January 31st at 6pm! If you’ve wanted to plan an event for the JA community, this is your opportunity to plan with us to make it happen. Come ready with questions about past NGN events, previous members and more. We’re excited to shape NGN together this year! Hope to see you there! You can let Rebecca know at rebecca@jaclchicago.org or Ty at ty.yamamoto1@gmail.com, if you’re interested. 

12/14/22 Annual Member Meeting

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022 from 6:30-8PM

Kobini & Kanpai (1433 W. Belmont Chicago, IL 60657)

Join JACL Chicago for our Annual Member meeting at Kobini & Kanpai! We’re excited to finally gather in community after a gap of in-person events; to reflect on the past year of wins for the chapter; and to look towards our bright future as we plan to re-launch chapter programming like Next Generation Nikki and Our Story in 2023!

We are grateful for the support of our members and hope you can join us to end the year!

Konbini & Kanpai is a grab-n- go Japanese convience store located in Lakeview Chicago. Light dinner from Piko Street Kitchen will be provided by JACL Chicago and drinks will be available for purchase including craft beers, wines, sakes, and non-alcoholic beverages available for an on-site sip & chill. For more information on the venue visit https://www.konbiniandkanpai.com.

Learn more about JACL Chicago by visiting us at https://jaclchicago.org or contact Rebecca J. Ozaki at rebecca@jaclchicago.org for any questions.

12/3/22 Kansha & Next Gen. Nikkei Kick-Off

 Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 from 3-5PM

 Kobini & Kanpai (1433 W. Belmont Chicago, IL 60657)

 Calling all Kansha alum, Next Generation Nikkei’s, & JA young professionals! Join us to reconnect & learn more about JACL Chicago’s upcoming program plans for Kansha & Next Gen. in the new year. Snacks from Mom’s will be served during the event and drinks are available for purchase from Kanbini & Kanpai. See you there!