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Community Forces Podcast “Finding Solidarity” Episode Show Notes

Finding Solidarity

As an intern with the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, Pablo Cisneros finds meaningful connections between his own experiences as a Mexican-American, Chicano identified child of immigrants and the histories of Japanese Americans. 




The Japanese American Service Committee 


Formed in 1946, the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) was created to serve the needs of approximately 20,000 Japanese Americans who were forcibly moved to the city following incarceration by the U.S Government’s War Relocation Authority during WWII. Many needed support to find employment, housing, religious services and education as they “resettled” to Chicago after living in internment camps.


The JASC remains an important resource for the Chicagoland Japanese American community, and currently provides social services for seniors, and a range of cultural and educational programs for children and adults.


To learn more about the Japanese American Service Committee, visit


Tsuru for Solidarity


For more information about Tsuru for Solidarity, a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities, visit


Tsuru Rising, June 6-7, 2020


Tsuru Rising was a virtual protest aimed at ending the detention of migrant children at the U.S./Mexico Border in June 2020. For video highlights and to learn more, visit


See Pablo Cisneros’ marketing and design work on his portfolio page (link), where you can also get in touch.


Special thanks to:


Joan Ambo

Naomi Negi Sensei

Kay Kawaguchi

JJ Ueunten


Background information about Japanese Americans in Chicago was informed by "What Happened to Chicago's Japanese Neighborhood?" by Katherine Nagasawa for Curious City/WBEZ (August 2017).


Community Forces is a project of the Global Asian Studies (GLAS) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). To learn more about course offerings and ways to get involved with GLAS, visit


Community Forces was created by Dr. Karen Su and Dr. Corinne Kodama, and this episode was produced by Sarah Eli Lu with production help from Caroline Lee and Lubna Shah.


For more information on internship opportunities with Asian American community organizations, visit .


Ari Schwartz composed our theme music. To connect with Ari, visit


Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions.

Hana Choi designed our logo. To follow Hana, visit her youtube channel