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Resettled Roots: Legacies of Japanese Americans in Chicago (film)

Documentary film on the evolution of the Japanese American community in Chicago . Directors Anna Takada and Maria Pimentel tell the story using a generational framework with a brief prologue on Japanese immigration and the prewar Issei era and a longer segment on the wartime roundup and incarceration centered on the Nisei , before turning to Nisei and Sansei recollections of resettlement to Chicago and growing up there after the war. Many of the Sansei recall their parents' silence about their wartime experiences. The last segment focuses on Yonsei and recent activism featuring 2019 footage from an all camps reunion in Chicago and on a protest march that saw Chicago Japanese Americans drawing on their history to protest immigrant detention and deportation today.

Resettled Roots was a co-production of the Japanese American Service Committee and the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society and was funded in part by a grant from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program. It premiered in Chicago on October 23, 2019.

Authored by Brian Niiya

Might also like Good Luck Soup (2016); Relocation, Arkansas: Aftermath of Incarceration (2016); Return to the Valley: Japanese American Experience After WWII (2003)

Media Details
Release Date 2019
Runtime 33 minutes
Director Anna Takada
Producer Anna Takada
Narrator Aylen Hasegawa
Music Cesar Cordero
Cinematography Maria Pimentel
Editing Maria Pimentel
Studio Japanese American Service Committee
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Resettled Roots trailer: https://vimeo.com/317139716

Nakayama, Takeshi. "Documentary Depicts Postwar Resettlement of Nikkei to Chicago." Nichibei Weekly , Feb. 13–26, 2020, 8