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Origins of Now: ReBuilding Community, An Excerpt from an Exhibit on the Resettlement of Japanese Americans in Chicago

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This collection is an excerpt from a larger exhibit at the Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago from March-November 2007. All rights reserved. For re-use of any text or images, please contact the Archivist at the JASC Legacy Center, http://www.jasc-chicago.org/cclegacy.html. For more information about the exhibit or the JASC, please visit http://www.jasc-chicago.org.

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Chicago Roots, 1890-1941

Chicago Roots, 1890-1941 -
The roots of the Japanese American community in Chicago extend far beyond the city. A few trace their lineage to pre-war immigrants, but most Chicago families were originally West Coast residents who resettled here during and after World War II. In 1940, the Japanese American ...

Chicago Roots, 1890-1941
Contributed by: D_Burns

Resettlement

Resettlement -
Chicago became a major resettlement point because it was reputed to have less discrimination and more job opportunities than other cities. Nonetheless, most resettlers had to take menial jobs to support themselves, and they encountered a difficult housing situation.

Japanese Americans did not settle in a single ...

Resettlement
Contributed by: D_Burns

Work

Work -
Resettlers worked at a variety of jobs. Women commonly worked as domestic servants, in Chicagoユs candy industry, and in the crafts. Men were in demand for low-level manufacturing jobs and niche positions like chick sexing, a job with good pay, albeit poor working conditions. A number of ...

Work
Contributed by: D_Burns

Religion

Religion -
Religion played a key role in uniting the Japanese American community in Chicago. The Japanese United Church served the small community prior to the war. When the FBI closed it down on the afternoon of December 7, 1941, the minister Ai Chi Tsai bravely requested meeting space ...

Religion
Contributed by: D_Burns

Social Life

Social Life -
The majority of resettlers were young Nisei, single or married with small children. Social interaction offered a release from the stresses of job hunts, housing problems, discrimination, and separation from family members still interned in the West. Churches, temples, political organizations (Japanese American Citizens League), sports ...

Social Life
Contributed by: D_Burns

Politics

Politics -
Having experienced the injustices of internment, resettlers worked actively to protect their civil rights, attain citizenship privileges for the Issei, and eventually achieve redress for losses suffered during the war. The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), founded in 1929 to promote civil liberties and civil rights for ...

Politics
Contributed by: D_Burns

Chicago Resettlers Committee/Japanese American Service Committee

Japanese American Service Committee -
The Chicago Resettlers Committee (CRC) was incorporated in August 1946 with a mission to assist with resettlement. The Committee helped new residents find interpreters for medical/social services and English classes; counseling for family and business issues, employment, and housing; and general information on services available ...

Chicago Resettlers Committee/Japanese American Service Committee
Contributed by: D_Burns

Exhibit Barracks

This replica internment camp barracks shows a portion of the exhibit installation at the Japanese American Service Committee, March-November 2007.

Exhibit barracks
Contributed by: D_Burns

Viewing the Exhibit

This image shows the exhibit installation at the Japanese American Service Committee, March-November 2007.

Viewing the Exhibit
Contributed by: D_Burns

JASC's 60th Anniversary Celebration

This exhibit was one of many events hosted by the Japanese American Service Committee in 2006-2007 to celebrate the JASC's 60th anniversary. The JASC wishes to express its deep gratitude to the exhibit supporters and funders, partner organizations, anniversary planning committee, exhibit development team, and the leadership of the Issei ...

JASC's 60th Anniversary Celebration
Contributed by: D_Burns


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