Kaihatsu, Jane (10/27/2017)

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Kaihatsu, Jane (10/27/2017)

Description

Jane Kaihatsu is a third generation Japanese American (Sansei), born and raised in the Chicago area. In this interview she shares what she knows of the immigration and incarceration experiences of her mother's and father's families and describes her own experiences growing up first in Chicago and then in the suburb of Park Ridge. Jane details the many community events and organizations she and her siblings participated in and shares memories of her father's efforts to screen Japanese movies for a Chicago audience. She describes the challenges of growing up in Park Ridge where there were few other Japanese Americans, and the feeling of being an outsider in the Japanese American community because of her suburban upbringing. She also recalls the experience of being the first sansei, first woman, and youngest person to serve as president of the Chicago chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

Date

2017-10-27

Format

video

Interviewer

Takada, Anna

Interviewee

Kaihatsu, Jane

Interview Keyword

Santa Anita
Heart Mountain
Tanforan
Gila River
442nd Regimental Combat Team
Sansei
Jefferson Park
Park Ridge
Edgewater Beach Hotel
Japanese Cinema
Tri-C
Christ Church of Chicago
Drum and Bugle Corps
Buddhist Temple of Chicago
Chicago Nisei Athletic Association
Toguri Mercantile
Star Market
Japanese American Citizens League

Sort Priority

2700


Citation

“Kaihatsu, Jane (10/27/2017),” JASC Legacy Center Digital Collections, accessed May 27, 2022, http://digitalcollections.jasc-chicago.org/omeka/items/show/38.