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2022 Lunar New Year Gala To Honor

Mike Tanimura and Taka Handwerk

Michael Tanimura and Taka Handwerk will represent the Japanese American community

at the Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s 39th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

Mike will receive the Community Service Award for his many years of work with the Japanese American Service Committee, Tohkon Judo Academy, and the US-Japan Council. He curated the “Art in Incarceration” online exhibit that accompanied Northeastern Illinois University’s commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the hearings on Japanese American redress. Mike is also the chair of the annual Chicago Japanese Community Picnic.

Taka Handwerk, a student at Lake View High School in Chicago, will receive the Youth Who Excels award. An active member of Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, Taka is recognized for his record of volunteering at Shedd Aquarium and The Anti Cruelty Society. He looks forward to studying marine biology at the college level in the future.

Hosted by the Malaysian American Community, the 39th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration will be held on March 12 at the Drury Lane Theatre & Events, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.

Tickets are $100 each, or $1,000 per table of 10. For information on how you can attend the Lunar New Year Celebration and support Mike and Taka, please contact Tonko Doi at tonkodoi1@gmail.com or 773/960-8732.

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January Conversation Table Is Canceled.

Hope to see you at the next one on February 10.

一月のJASC 日本語お話会はおやすみです。次のお話会2月10日をお楽しみに~"

JASC 日本語でお話会





コロナ・パンデミックで過去1年以上ズームで続けてきた日本語のお話会ですが、州や市の拘束解除に伴って、今までどおりJASCで 開催できることになりました。


このプログラムに興味のある方、参加したいと思われる方は、Eメールで川口ケイclasses@jasc-chicago.org電話:773-275-0097内線226, までご連絡ください。

Date: Monthly, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Cost: $5 per person, per session

For native-level Japanese speakers to connect and socialize with others. Please note that this is not a Japanese language class.

Following the Covid-19 guidelines for the city and state, we are now resuming in-person gatherings at JASC for our Conversation Table.

JASC's Conversation Table welcomes everyone to share their experiences, ideas, and stories through social interaction, and also an opportunity to expand their social networks with others in the local community.

If you would like to participate, please contact Kay Kawaguchi at classes@jasc-chicago.org or please call and leave a message to Kay Kawaguchi to RSVP 773-275-0097 x 226.

JASC is located at 4427 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL

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For more information, please visit our website:


See what happens behind the scenes in planning a fun Tampopo class:


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Happy New Year from Donguri Kai

Donguri Kai students created a New Year’s card for the 2nd New Year’s card contest. Their cards were virtually shared with 3 Japanese programs in Canada, Norway, and Switzerland. Donguri Kai students continue to work on the monthly Homework Challenge with friends of these Japanese programs this year.

The Winter session classes begin the week of January 17, 2022. The Winter session continues for 10 weeks.

Please check the JASC Donguri Kai page for the registration information.

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Chicago Northside Origami Group

There is a $5 fee per folder to be paid each time, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (no charge for non-folding adults). Please bring paper for folding, and any models or books you would like to share.

All skill levels welcome!

For more information and future dates, please contact:

June Yamasaki, june.yamasaki@gmail.com

Please note, masks are required in all public areas of JASC.

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Virtual Lecture: Japanese Americans in Pre-War Chicago

When: Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, 2-3 p.m. CST

Where: Online

Register at: https://qrco.de/bccTH4

Cost: Free and open to the public with registration

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Greg Robinson, Professor of History at l'Université du Québec à Montréal

Scholars have been taking an increased interest lately in Nikkei life in Chicago during the mid-1940s. By contrast, scant attention has been devoted to Japanese Americans in Chicago in earlier decades, perhaps because of the small size of the Nikkei community during the pre-war period. According to the 1940 census the city was home to barely 400 people of Japanese ancestry. Yet even that tiny pre-war population bears exploration, as it included extraordinary intellectuals, professionals, and creative artists. At this virtual lecture, Professor Greg Robinson will speak about Japanese Americans in pre-war Chicago.

About the Speaker                                                                        

Greg Robinson is Professor of History at l'Université du Québec à Montréal, a French-language institution in Montreal, Canada. A specialist in Ethnic Studies and U.S. Political History, he is the author of several books. His first, By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans (Harvard University Press, 2001), uncovers President Franklin Roosevelt’s central involvement in the wartime confinement of 120,000 Japanese Americans. It received glowing reviews from the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Los Angeles Times and other mainstream newspapers, and spent four months on Academia magazine’s scholarly bestseller list.

His second book, A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America (Columbia University Press, 2009), winner of the 2009 History book prize of the Association for Asian American Studies, studies the mass confinement of ethnic Japanese in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in transnational context. His third book, After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics (University of California Press, 2012), which won the Caroline Bancroft History Prize in Western U.S. History, centers on postwar resettlement and coalitions for civil rights between Japanese Americans and other minorities.

His most recent solo-authored book, The Unsung Great (University of Washington Press, 2020), offers an alternative history of Japanese Americans. Professor Robinson is also the coeditor of the books John Okada (University of Washington Press, 2018), winner of a 2019 American Book Award; Pacific Citizens: Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II Era (University of Illinois Press, 2012), a study of a couple of pioneering Nisei journalists; and Miné Okubo: Following Her Own Road (University of Washington Press, 2009) on the famed Nisei artist and writer.

Professor Robinson has been active in the public sphere as speaker and blogger. He writes regularly for the San Francisco Nichi Bei Weekly and the blog Discover Nikkei.


The University of Chicago Library and the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies


Exhibition Dates: November 1, 2021 - January 28, 2022

Location: The University of Chicago Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

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Photo of children in front of the Ellis Community Center courtesy of Julie Azuma. From by the University of Chicago Library. 

Chicago’s South Side has long-standing but little-known relationships with Japan. In 1893 the Japanese Garden in Jackson Park was established for the World’s Columbian Exposition. In the same year the University of Chicago conferred its first-ever doctoral degree—upon a Japanese Divinity School student named Eiji Asada. Taking this momentous year as a point of departure, a special exhibit will be open at the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center from November 1, 2021 to January 28, 2022.  This exhibit highlights more than a century of connections between Japanese and Japanese Americans and the University and Hyde Park area.


During Japan’s Meiji and Taisho periods (1868–1925) the University of Chicago was a frequent destination for so-called “government students” from Japan. These elite scholars were sent by the Japanese government to acquire advanced knowledge in various fields, then to bring their expertise back home. Showcased in the exhibit, are the campus activities of these scholars including self-run periodicals and participation in cultural events.  Also recognized are several notable Japanese and Japanese American educators. Toyokichi Iyenaga (Far Eastern studies) was a popular lecturer in the University Extension, whose teaching received press coverage on multiple occasions. From the University Archives come letters by Professors Joseph Kitagawa (Divinity School), Akira Irye (history), and Tetsuo Najita (history)—all eminent scholars in religious and intellectual history—that evidence their work in lobbying for visits by members of Japan’s imperial family, and in procuring from the Japanese government financial support for Japanese studies at the University. 


Gallery Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesdays: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Closed: January 17, 2022


Beginning 1/6/22: Due to high levels of COVID-19, access to the Library, including the Exhibition Gallery, is temporarily limited to University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff until at least Jan. 24.

This exhibit was curated by Ayako Yoshimura, Japanese Studies Librarian at the University of Chicago Library, with contributions by Eric Langowski MS '20, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Read the FULL news article on the University of Chicago Library website.

Visit the associated web exhibit


Visiting the Exhibition Gallery:  In order to provide broad and safe access to the Library, including the Exhibition Gallery, all visitors will be asked to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent COVID-19 test, consistent with University policies and protocols. for more information, please visit this Access page.

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Chicago Japanese American Council (CJAC) Events Calendar

Stay up to date on Chicago Japanese and Japanese American community events! This calendar will be a central place where people can see events by CJAC member organizations, and other Japanese and Japanese American community and cultural events. Visit the calendar at bit.ly/ChicagoJJACalendar

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Tsukasa Taiko and Shubukai are programs of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and is supported in part by The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, JCCC Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and The Joyce Foundation.

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