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Early Japanese In Nebraska

A Special Two-Part Lecture Presentation

Date: Time: 2:00 pm–4:30 pm
Architecture Hall Room: Room 127
Additional Info: ARCH
Contact: Kawasaki Reading Room, (402) 472-9427, kawasakireadingroom@gmail.com
Hear a different side of Nebraska history with historical accounts of first and second generation Japanese settlers that formed a unique community. Expand your historical knowledge with this two-part lecture presentation covering the first, Issei, and the second, Nisei, generations of japanese in Nebraska. A little known piece of history, they formed rich community network. Starting as railroad workers, beet farmers, and in other working jobs they brought up their children. These children would grow up in the shadow of WWII, forging a new path of resiliance and service to America as the country they knew as home. Experience this dynamic presentation for yourself and join us as we travel back in time to discover the contributions of these two generations.

Julie Ushio, an avid family historian and descendant of Issei with roots tracing back to Japan and reestablished connections with relatives on both sides of her family. She is also an independent speaker, researcher and genealogist and has given several presentations on the subject at the Knight Museum in Alliance, Nebraska and the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Vickie Schaepler was born and raised in Nebraska and is a granddaughter of Issei and daughter of Nisei. As a historian, she is a member of the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees and the Buffalo County Historical Society Board. She is working to preserve a Japanese Hall located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

The first part of the lecture (Issei—Immigration and Early Settlers in Nebraska) is 2-3:30 PM in Architecture Hall, Room 127. The second part, a reception, (Nisei—The Next Generation, Honor and Rebuilding Lives in Nebraska), will be 3:30 PM-4:30 PM in the Nisei Garden which is outside in front of Kimball Recital Hall. RSVP for this lecture and reception at goo-gl/w9pnxo.

Sponsored by UPC Nebraska, OASIS, Classics & Religious Studies, Global Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, Political Science and History Nebraska

Additional Public Info:
Event starts at 2 PM in Architecture Hall, Room 127. 2nd part of event begins at 3:30 PM in Nisei Garden (outside in front of Kimball Recital Hall)

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