The JASC Legacy Center announces the public launch of two new interactive, multimedia-based digital exhibits. Inspired by the Legacy Center’s oral history collection, these online experiences bring history to life through a uniquely Japanese American and Midwestern lens.
Uprooted traces the multigenerational journeys of three families to tell the story of World War II incarceration and resettlement in Chicago.
Reckoning shines a light on the Japanese American redress movement and the contributions of Chicagoans to the national effort.
Whether you are new to these histories or possess deep knowledge already, you are sure to be moved by the power of first-person voices woven together with photographs, documents, and narrative in a truly innovative way. Both exhibits integrate educational elements into the site design to enhance classroom use and are especially well-suited for secondary school audiences and above.
Created for JASC by digital producer Katherine Nagasawa, these exhibits are the culmination of a multi-year project funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service under the Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program. Additionally, we wish to thank Paula Friedrich, Cori Nakamura Lin, Anna Takada, the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, and the many community members who participated in or contributed to the creation of these exhibits.