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The JETAA Chicago Leadership is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone in our community. To learn more review our Community Conduct & Agreements.

Get ready for JETAA Chicago's November Nihongo Trivia Night!

Join us Wednesday, November 8th from 6:30-7:30 pm CDT, for JETAA Chicago's Japanese Language Series event!

We're inviting JETAA groups from all over the nation to compete in a Japanese language and culture trivia contest! Get your group together or come in solo, but be ready to flex that Japan lore that we know you picked up in JET! (Signing up as a team? Please make sure each member registers.)

Not sure of your Japanese skill? No worries! The night will still be an opportunity for Japanese language practice for all skill levels. ぜひ来てください!

The Japanese Language Series events are intended to bring together JETAA members and supporters who want to stay engaged with Japanese language learning and use.

Click the button below for full event details and to sign up via Guestlist.

Sign up here!

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In the early 1990s, Japanese photographer Akito Tsuda, then a student at Columbia College Chicago, immersed himself in the Pilsen neighborhood on the city's southwest side, capturing the everyday lives and spirit of working class Mexican Americans.

When he returned home to his native Japan a few years later, Tsuda was uncertain of what to do with his collection of photos and kept them hidden from public view for decades, until he slowly began sharing them on a Facebook page with members of the Pilsen community.

Encouraged by the positive and emotional response he received from the community that welcomed him as a second son and helped form his artistic identity, he published a collection of his photographs, Pilsen Days, in 2017, and returned to Chicago to share his photos in person. His collection of photos, which capture the humanity and warmth of the tight-knit Pilsen community, are now in permanent collection at the Harold Washington Library.

On Friday, October 20 at 7:30 PM CT, join JETAA Chicago for a conversation with Tsuda, who will share his stories of life as an artist in Pilsen in the 1990s. This event is free and open to JET alumni and Friends of JET.

Sign up here!

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The following job was obtained from JETwit Jobs.

Organization: IES Abroad

Salary/Hourly Rate: Minimum $50,000 depending on the experience

Where: Chicago, IL

Visa Sponsorship: No


The Program Specialist is primarily responsible for maintaining relationships with host institutions within an assigned portfolio, and for managing detailed program information for global use across the organization. This role is also responsible for coordinating student admissions processes with the Global Enrollment Management team, and for creating and delivering relevant pre-departure orientation content for programs taking place at those universities. Finally, the Program Specialist provides support and services to participating students while they are participating in the program.

Apply at: Program Specialist - Chicago, IL - IES Abroad Jobs (

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Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Alumni Association of Chicago
Connecting JET alumni in the Midwest - Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana
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