Welcome to Chicago’s 2022 Day of Remembrance

Black and white image of Japanese American children seated in a classroom with bare wooden walls.  Many of the children have their hands raised.  A young woman in a long coat stands facing them with an open book in her hands.  The image is overlaid on a black background, with an inset in the upper left corner reading "Day of Remembrance 2022" in red letters.  Additional text below the image reads "The TEAACH Act: What it means for Illinois, educators, & the Japanese American Community, Sunday, 02-20-2022, 2:00-3:30 PM @ Chicago History Museum".

The TEAACH Act: What it means for Illinois, educators, and the Japanese American community

Sunday, February 20th | 2:00pm-3:30pm CST

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street

View the event program or visit the educational resources page.


This video was recorded on February 20, 2022 by Chicago History Museum staff and is shared here with their permission.

Masks and proof of vaccination required.  There will be no refreshments served at this year’s event.

There will be no livestream of this event. A recording will be made available as soon as possible after the event for those unable to attend in person.

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. 

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