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Michitaro Ongawa: The First Japanese American Chicagoan - Part 2

Takako Day

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Michitaro Ongawa: The First Japanese American Chicagoan - Part 1

Takako Day

On July 8, 1867, the Chicago Tribune reported a love story between a Chicago girl and a Japanese acrobat. Traveling acrobats were most likely the first Japanese people who came to Chicago after the Shogunate began allowing ordinary people to go overseas in 1866. “Out of the very first seventy-one …

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I am a shin-Issei who has lived in the West and Midwest for nearly thirty years. I spent the first six years in Berkeley California. When I was young, I got excited about visiting New York City. But now, after thirty years in Midwest, my body seems to be allergic to people, cars and noises. I am now enjoying my life in retirement, writing and tending to my garden.

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