Nikkei Chicago / 日系シカゴ

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Gaman – Portraits of Chicago Nisei WWII Veterans

Gaman: Portraits of Chicago Nisei World War II Veterans, chronicles the experiences of six Japanese American veterans. After the United States entered World War II, Executive Order 9066 was signed, … Continue reading

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The Future of the Past: Digitized Archival Sources on Nikkei Chicago

By ELLEN WU Like just about everything else these days, history has gone high tech. Which is great news for those looking to know more about Chicago’s Japanese Americans, particularly … Continue reading

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2014 Chicago Nikkei Community Annual Memorial Day Commemoration

By ERIK MATSUNAGA In 1935, the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago began purchasing burial plots at Montrose Cemetery on the city’s North Side. Due to discriminatory policies of the … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dr. Joe Takehara and Chicago Aikido

Dr. Joe Takehara, D.D.S., a second generation Japanese American, has trained with the legends of aikido during his fifty-three years of studying the Japanese martial art. Meanwhile, he was a … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · 4 Comments

Adopting From Japan: One Chicago Couple’s Journey

By RYAN MASAAKI YOKOTA For most parents in the United States, their first encounter with their child occurs at birth in an American hospital setting. For Jonathon and Mari, however, … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dwight Okita: Poet, Playwright, Novelist

Published poet, playwright, and novelist Dwight Holden Okita was born in Chicago in 1958. He defines himself as Japanese American, gay, and Buddhist. His father was a veteran of the … Continue reading

February 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Forgotten Story of Japanese American Zoot Suiters

By ELLEN D. WU Sus Kaminaka was a zoot suiter: one of the many young people in 1940s America who embraced a distinctive, working-class urban aesthetic characterized by flamboyant fashions … Continue reading

January 25, 2014 · 12 Comments
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