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Transforming Oral Histories: Harnessing the Power of Chicago’s Japanese American Voices
September 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Host Organization: Japanese American Service Committee
In this session, learn how a joint Japanese American Service Committee/Chicago Japanese American Historical Society project used oral histories to form the backbone of “Uprooted” and “Reckoning,” two interactive web experiences that teach Japanese American history at a secondary school level and through a distinctly midwestern lens. Project lead and former WBEZ producer Katherine Nagasawa will demonstrate the two web experiences and discuss the process of moving from raw oral history interviews to engaging, multimedia educational tools. Join us to learn more about the Japanese American resettlement and redress experiences in Chicago, hear what it took to transform JASC’s oral history collection, and understand why this type of educational resource is especially relevant in Illinois and across the country today.