The TEAACH Act: What It Means for Illinois, Educators, and the Japanese American Community

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Sunday February 20

2:00 PM  –  3:30 PM


Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066 led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Every year, the Japanese American community in Chicago comes together to commemorate EO9066 as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.

Day of Remembrance 2022 features a variety of speakers celebrating the passage of the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act. Signed into law on July 9, 2021, the TEAACH Act makes Illinois the first state to mandate that Asian American history be taught in public schools. Join us to learn why the TEAACH Act matters, how the task of implementation is being addressed, and how the Japanese American community is contributing to the effort. The program will feature a showcase of classroom-ready resources for teaching about EO9066 and incarceration through a Chicago lens.

Chicago-based Ho Etsu Taiko will take the stage to perform a new work composed especially for Day of Remembrance 2022. Ho Etsu Taiko blends the deep-rooted culture of Japanese American drumming with influences that inspire and celebrate the diversity of their performing members.

Free; registration required. Masks and vaccinations required.  There will be no refreshments served at this year’s event.

This event is sponsored by The Chicago Japanese American Council, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter, Japanese American Service Committee, and Japanese Mutual Aid Society Of Chicago.


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