Our hope is to bring generations together.

The stories of our families really are worth telling. Through the act of sharing, we connect with each other and keep the community alive. Help us preserve them for the future.

Some example topics:

  • Growing up in a bi-cultural environment
  • Changes in Chicago and its attitudes over the years
  • Family history of reintegration

We have partnered with StoryCorps. Together we invite you to participate in becoming a part of recorded history.

You can elect to archive your recording in the JASC Legacy Center and the Library of Congress to give future generations access to personal, unfiltered accounts of being Japanese American.

How It Works

  1. 1 Pick the interviewer

    • Decide who will be the storyteller and the interviewer.

      1. Bring both storyteller and interviewer. For example, a daughter may interview her father about his family history.
      2. If you bring just yourself, an interviewer from JASC or StoryCorps would be delighted to hear your story and converse with you.
  2. 2 Schedule your session

    1. Tell us a little about your story and availability.

    2. You will receive confirmation via phone or email from us with the date & time of your session. You will also receive a reminder 2–3 days before your session.

  3. 3 On the day of your recording

    1. Recordings take place in a professional studio at the Chicago Cultural Center. A StoryCorps representative will guide you through the entire process on-site.

      Please arrive 15 minutes before for orientation. The entire experience can take up to an hour and 15 minutes.

      The StoryCorps recording booth is located on the northern side of the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center ( 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602).

    2. Enter the recording booth and tell your story! Your session lasts 40 minutes.

    3. Afterwards, decide if you want to archive your recording in the Library of Congress and the JASC Legacy Center, and complete the release form.

      We hope you choose to share!

    4. Take home a free copy of your recording on CD.


Terms & Conditions

Footnotes

StoryCorps

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.

JASC Legacy Center

The JASC Legacy Center Archives documents the history of the Japanese American community in Chicago.

The Library of Congress

The recordings will be housed in The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.


JASC Connect

We are the community outreach arm of the JASC (Japanese American Service Committee, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit social services agency).

Our mission is to revitalize the JASC by encouraging participation and connecting new generations to the Japanese American community through its rich culture and inspiring stories.