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March 2019

“Deemed Inadvisable:” The University of Chicago, Hyde Park, and Japanese America

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Regenstein Library, Room 122, 1100 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637 United States
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"Doubtless we shall come to waves of widespread war hysteria, but I do not think it is the function of the University to pioneer and lead the way in these triumphs of emotion over reason and decency." ~Professor Robert McKeon, Chair of the Department of Humanities, 1942. In June 1942, University of Chicago President Robert M. Hutchins found that it was “deemed inadvisable” to admit Japanese Americans as it might threaten the university’s war contracts. Over the protests of faculty…

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The Ito Sisters | Chicago Premiere

March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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Asian Pop-Up Cinema presents: The Ito Sisters The Ito Sisters captures the rarely told stories of the earliest Japanese immigrants to the United States and their American-born children. In particular, the film focuses on the experiences of Issei (or immigrant) and Nisei (or first generation born in the US) women, whose voices have largely been excluded from American history. At the center of the film are three Nisei sisters: Natsuye (Nancy), Haruye (Lillian) and Hideko (Hedy), who were born on a…

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April 2019

Our Story Reception and Fundraiser

April 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center
Skokie, IL 60077 United States
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Our Story: The Japanese American Incarceration Our Story is a program to provide opportunities for educators, students, and the public to learn about and understand the Japanese American incarceration and its impact on individuals, the community, the Constitution, and the values of democracy. Please join us for a cocktail and hors d'oeuvre reception & fundraiser! Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 6-9PM Maggiano's Little Italy at Old Orchard $125 / person $75 / student with current student ID Please RSVP by March 26: online,…

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Alternative Facts Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

April 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lakeside Church of Chicago, 3939 Howard St
Skokie, IL 60067 United States
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Please join us for a special screening of Jon Osaki's newest film, Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066, with a Q&A session with the director following the film. ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 is a one-hour documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. ALTERNATIVE FACTS sheds light on the people and politics that influenced the signing of the infamous Executive Order…

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Nisei Lounge Fundraiser

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nisei Lounge, 3439 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
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Join the JACL Chicago's Kansha Alumni Leadership Board (ALB) and Next Generation Nikkei (NGN) for our annual fundraiser at the Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville. ALB and NGN board members will be guest bartending throughout the night. So come on by and support your local Japanese American young adult community. Friends, family, and community members all welcomed! Tips (cash preferred) will go towards the Kansha Project. The Kansha Project is a JACL Chicago program that connects self-identified Japanese Americans, ages 18-25, to the continuing…

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