Japanese American Immigration

Wednesday, October 23rd, 7 PM, FREE

Homeroom and the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) present a special film screening and discussion: “Japanese American Immigration, Incarceration, and Resettlement”

Ryan Yokota
Anna Takada

Hosted by:
Fred Sasaki
Keidra Chaney

In 1975, the JASC received a federal grant to produce films and materials as part of an Issei Gerontology Project, which focused on first generation Japanese immigrants in Chicago. Four 16mm films were produced, which have not been screened in their entirety in over 40 years. In the Chicago community, this collection of first generation Japanese immigrant interviews is vitally important and exceedingly rare. The oral history interviews captured in these films and in the related materials in the JASC archival collection represent a historical archive and legacy that is unique not only in Chicago, but in the nation as a whole. In detailing their immigration history and their stories of incarceration and resettlement, they are a testimony to the importance of safeguarding civil and human rights in the U.S

The program will also feature Resettled Roots, a historical documentary that examines the vast migration of Japanese Americans to Chicago following their unconstitutional incarceration during World War II. Using first-hand accounts, Resettled Roots shares personal stories from this period known as “resettlement,” and challenges common narratives of “internment” to consider the immediate aftermath and lasting legacies of wartime incarceration.

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