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JASC Legacy Center Receives Grant

On December 4th, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, awarded the JASC $18,000 over three years towards the Legacy Center Archives. These funds will be used to complete the processing of the archives, including its manuscript and organizational holdings; digitize its vast trove of photographs and visual materials; identify and display these materials through the creation of compelling online galleries and interpretive exhibitions; and put towards expansion, educational projects and community outreach. This is the Legacy Center Archive’s second major award this year, following the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation’s $50,000 award in July.

The Legacy Center Archives documents all facets of Japanese American life from 1890, through the period of World War II internment and on to present day. It is one of the most significant collections of Japanese American history, arts and cultural materials in the Midwest. The Legacy Center aims to tell a compelling story about the collection that raises public awareness of the archives and expands access for genealogical scholars, academics, educators and the general public, and that fulfills JASC’s mission of engaging people of all ages to experience Japanese American history and culture.

Nikkei WWII Veterans Tribute

View photographs from the April 22, 2012 Chicago Nikkei WWII Veterans Tribute.

Watch a video from the event:

Origins of Now:
Stories of the Chicago Nikkei Resettlers

Help preserve the history of our community. If you were a Chicago Resettler of any age — whether you were an adult, teen or child when you arrived — the JASC is interested in preserving your story.

For more information on Origins of Now: Stories of the Chicago Nikkei Resettlers, contact Karen Kanemoto of the JASC’s Legacy Center at (773) 275-0097 ext 222.

This program is made possible in part by grants from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

Upcoming Events

1st Nikkei Picnic

Come on out and enjoy yourselves at thee 1st Nikkei Picnic, Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Bunker Hill Forest Preserve. Attendance is FREE! Just bring a dish to share at our community food buffet. Click to download a Picnic PDF with more information and a map.

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Home Support Services

Need some help cleaning up? Organizing your paperwork, packing for a move, cooking a meal? Home Support Services is for anyone regardless of age. 25% discount for first time customers. Call Susan at 773.275.0097.

Want To Be a JASC Homemaker?

JASC Homemakers offer assistance to individuals in need of in-home care in a caring, compassionate, and culturally competent manner. If you enjoy working with seniors and want to make a living helping someone, please call Susan at 773.275.0097.

2014 Membership

Become a JASC Member – help us provide essential social services and keep Japanese American culture and heritage alive!

Download the Membership application (pdf).

Donate to JASC

Celebrate the Japanese American Legacy in Chicago.

Help JASC preserve, research, document and exhibit the unique and rich heritage of Japanese Americans. Your donation will fund the continuing development of JASC’s Legacy Center, and make it a living testament to the memory of our forebears.

JASC Wishlist

  • New upholstery for ADS couches
  • Portable folding tables (6' or 8' in length)
  • Desktop computer
  • Laptop computer
  • Fax machine
  • 60" flat screen TV
  • Nintendo Wii game system
  • Microsoft Xbox game system

Colorectal Cancer Screening Study Among Japanese American Families

Read the report (pdf)

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