The Targeted ‘Other’: Shared Experience of Japanese and Arab Americans

During WWII, Japanese Americans were targeted for wholesale incarceration and racial discrimination in the name of national security. Now Arab, Muslim, and South Asian Americans are being similarly persecuted and excluded from the definition of what it means to be “American.” Join this discussion with the Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society and Arab American Action Network to hear personal stories of how individuals from these communities experienced or are currently living in a society where one’s own culture makes them a target for hatred.

This program is a part of the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Inherit Chicago. Inherit Chicago is a city wide festival of art, ideas and performance at neighborhood heritage museums and cultural centers. Head to for a full list of events!

Additional co-sponsors include UIC Arab American Cultural Center, UIC Asian American Resource & Cultural Center and UIC Global Asian Studies Program.

Public Transportation: CTA Blue Line UIC – Halsted stop, located about one block north of Student Center East.

Parking: Available in the Halsted and Taylor Street Parking Structure (760 West Taylor Street). The entrance to this parking structure is on Taylor Street. Upon entry, guest should take a ticket and upon exit, guests should present this ticket to the cashier and pay the appropriate total (cash, debit card, and credit card are accepted).

Accessibility: The Student Center East is wheelchair accessible.