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SAVE THE DATE! J-Talks: Mixed Multitudes - A Discussion about Identity in the US-Japan Community

Thanks to the generous support from the Sasakawa USA/USJETAA Mini-Grant Program, JETAA Chicago is pleased to announce the second webinar in our 2021 series, 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.

Mixed Multitudes: A Discussion about Identity in the US-Japan Community (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 be split into two distinct parts:

  1. First, Mitzi Uehara Carter, will look to 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.

  2. Second, a panel discussion will cover topics such as how the multicultural identities in the speakers' backgrounds affected their experiences in Japan, how these experiences inform their relationships with the U.S.-Japan community and 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 that have impacted their world views.

RSVP required via Guestlist: Sign up here!


Mark your calendars! Please keep checking our website and follow us on social media (Facebook or Instagram) for more updates and speaker bios to come.

This event is open to the public including our fellow JET Alumni and our Friends of JET (FOJ).

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