JASC Legacy Center Presents: Facing Forward

The JASC Legacy Center Presents A “Memories of Now” Seminar Series Presentation
Tuesday, July 19th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
FACING FORWARD: A Panel Discussion on Mixed-Race/Ethnic Japanese Americans and Community

Featured Panelists:
Jackie Keiko Denofrio
Laura Kina
Erik Matsunaga
Christine Munteanu

Jackie Keiko Denofrio is Manager of Regulatory Compliance at United Airlines. A 35 year airline industry veteran, she holds a BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and continued her education through Six Sigma Black Belt Training and the Kellogg Management Institute (KMI), Northwestern University. A Chicago Uptown resident since 1965, she attended local elementary and high schools, the Buddhist Temple of Chicago’s Japanese Language School, and also studied Japanese Classical dance and koto. Jackie has served on the board of the JASC, is current President of the North Uptown Neighbors Association, and is on the board of the United Airlines, We Care Employee Relief Fund.

Laura Kina is Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University. She is co-editor of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art; co-founder of the Critical Mixed Studies conference, journal, and association; and a board member of the JASC. Her artwork explores themes of Asian American mixed race identity and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her joint exhibit with Emily Hanako Momohara, “Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawaiʻi,” was on view in 2015 at the Japanese American National Museum. Her solo show “Uchinanchu” is currently on view at the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture in Thousand Oaks, CA. www.laurakina.com

Erik Matsunaga is a biracial Yonsei, born in Chicago to a Sansei father and second generation German American mother. He co-edits Nikkei Chicago (www.nikkeichicago.com), a website dedicated to the untold stories of Japanese American Chicago, and manages Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo (www.ravenswoodkarateclub.com). He lives with his wife and children on Chicago’s North Side and works in the manufacturing sector.

Christine Munteanu is Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Affairs at Northwestern University. Previously, Christine worked for seven years at the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), where she focused on anti-hate, education, and leadership programs. Originally from New Jersey, Christine moved to the area in 2008 and holds a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Wesleyan University, and an M.Ed in Youth Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a mixed-race, second-generation Japanese American, Christine is passionate about creating inclusive spaces representative of the diversity in the Japanese American and Asian American community.

Presentation Location:
Japanese American Service Committee (JASC)
4427 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

Event and Parking are Free.

RSVP to Ryan Yokota by calling or emailing at: 773-275-0097, ext. 222 or at ryokota@jasc-chicago.org

Co-sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) and the Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter (JACL-Chicago)

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