The JASC Legacy Center Presents A “Memories of Now” Seminar Series Presentation
JAPANESE AMERICANS IN PREWAR CHICAGO: The Great Unknown
Friday, March 3rd, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Ryan Yokoto by calling or emailing at 773.275.0097, ext. 222 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Speaker: Professor Greg Robinson
In The Great Unknown, award-winning historian and journalist Greg Robinson offers a fascinating and compulsively readable collection of biographical portraits of extraordinary but unheralded figures in Japanese American history: men and women who made remarkable contributions in the arts, literature, law, sports, and
other fields. Recovering and celebrating the stories of noteworthy Issei and Nisei and of their supporters, The Great Unknown provides powerful evidence of the diverse experiences and substantial cultural, political, and intellectual contributions of Nikkei throughout the country and over multiple decades.
What is more, The Great Unknown reshapes our understanding of the Asian American experience. By focusing attention on exceptional figures who deviated from social norms, Robinson subverts stereotypes of ethnic Japanese and other Asians as conformist or colorless. The collection also highlights
a set of recurring themes absent from conventional histories—including the lives of Japanese Americans outside the West Coast, the role of women in shaping community life, encounters between Japanese American and African American communities during the struggle for civil rights, and the evolving status of queer community members.
This event is co-sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) and the Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter (JACL – Chicago)