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J-Talks: Mixed Multitudes Webinar - Official Poster Release

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

We are proud to debut our official poster of Mixed Multitudes: A Discussion about Identity in the US-Japan Community! This is the second webinar in our 2021 series, J-Talks: Strengthening Ties Through Dialogue, which is centered around the themes of identity, cultural understanding and leadership, as experienced by JET alumni and individuals with meaningful connections to Japan.

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Mixed Multitudes (Thursday, February 18th from 7pm-8:45pm CST) will aim to cultivate connections between the U.S. and Japan by bringing together multiracial Japanese American/Nikkei speakers to explore their different experiences and help the attendees understand and navigate the concept of mixed race identity in both the U.S. and Japan.

The webinar will have into two distinct parts, a presentation by Dr. Mitzi Uehara Carter that contextualize the discussion of multiracial identities. Using intersectionality as a framework for understanding how aspects of a person's social categorizations enable different modes of discrimination and privilege, concepts foundational to the discussion will be introduced, including an overview of hafu in Japan and nikkei in the U.S. Then there will be a panel discussion that will cover topics such as how the multicultural identities in the speakers' backgrounds affected their experiences in Japan and inform their relationships with the U.S.-Japan community, along with how different aspects of their identities impact cross-cultural relationships and understanding between Japan and the U.S.

The speakers are leaders, activists and educators with deep connections to Japan who have worked with and are advocating for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in organizations like Global Indigenous Forum, Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League, Nikkei Uprising Chicago, Japanese American Service Committee, Out in Tech, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago and Black Lives Matter Chicago.

RSVP required via Guestlist: Sign up here!

Please keep checking this Guestlist event page and follow our social media channels (Facebook & Instagram @jetaachicago) for updates and speaker bios to come!

This event is open to the public, including our fellow JET Alumni and our Friends of JET (FOJ). Thank you to the generous support of USJETAA and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA for sponsoring the first two webinars of the 2021 J-Talks: Strengthening Ties Through Dialogue, centered around the themes of identity, cultural understanding and leadership, as experienced by JET alumni and individuals with meaningful connections to Japan.

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