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Research Project

Re-Staging the Lakeview Japanese-American Neighborhood

2021 – 2023
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Vince Tajiri, Two Women Bowling. © Vince T. Tajiri Estate. All rights reserved.

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Project Summary

A Visiting Fellowship will enable Japanese novelist Yu Miri to develop an archive of oral histories and a theatrical performance based on interviews with local Japanese Americans on their memories of the community that sprung up in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood after World War II.

Research Team

Michael Bourdaghs

Michael Bourdaghs

Robert S. Ingersoll Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College

University of Chicago

Professor Michael Bourdaghs focuses on Japanese literature and cultural history, including Japanese popular music. He also explores the connection between literature and politics through the lens of critical theory. To learn more about his research and publications, please see his

Chelsea Foxwell

Chelsea Foxwell

Associate Professor of Art History, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College

University of Chicago

Chelsea Foxwell’s scholarship ranges from the medieval through modern periods of Japanese art with special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. She is the author of Making Modern Japanese-Style Painting: Kano Hōgai and the Search for Images (2015). In 2012 she co-curated the...

Thomas Lamarre

Thomas Lamarre

Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College

University of Chicago

Thomas Lamarre is a scholar of media, cinema and animation, intellectual history and material culture, with projects ranging from the communication networks of 9th century Japan (Uncovering Heian Japan: An Archaeology of Sensation and Inscription, 2000), to silent cinema and the global...

Hoyt Long

Hoyt Long

Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

University of Chicago

Hoyt Long's research centers on modern Japan, with specific interests in the history of media and communication, cultural analytics, sociology of literature, book history, and environmental history. Cultural analytics has been a primary area of interest since 2010. Long has written and...

Yu Miri

Yu Miri

Independent Scholar, Novelist, and Playwright

Yu Miri is a writer of plays, prose fiction, and essays, with over twenty books to her name. She received Japan’s most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize, and her bestselling memoir was made into a movie. After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, she began to visit the...

Ryan Yokota

Ryan Yokota

Adjunct Faculty, Critical Ethnic Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

DePaul University

Ryan Yokota’s current research focus is on comparative transnational ethnic studies in both East Asia and in the U.S., with a focus on Uchinānchu (Okinawans) under Japanese and American colonialism, Asian Latin Americans and Asians in Latin America, and Japanese American/Asian American history....

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