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UCSC Night at the Museum – Resettlement: Chicago Story

March 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  |  Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History


What is it like to be forced to leave your home, deny your heritage, and start over? Join us for the California premiere of Resettlement: Chicago Story, a new short fictional film and educational website, which explores how people of Japanese ancestry remade their lives in the Midwest after their wrongful incarceration during World War II.

The event is part of the annual Night at the Museum hosted by the Humanities Institute and the Humanities Division at UC Santa Cruz. It is also co-sponsored by the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League and will serve as this year’s Day of Remembrance. The evening will commence with a special performance by the Watsonville Taiko Group, followed by a screening of the film, a preview of the larger web experience, and a Q&A discussion with some of the project’s core creators. Marcia Hashimoto will attend and speak to the enduring legacy of her late and much beloved husband Mas Hashimoto. The event’s panel will feature key members of the project, including the film’s director and executive producer, website creators, and UC Santa Cruz’s Dean of Humanities, Jasmine Alinder, who led the research team.


Registration required. Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

If you have disability-related needs, please contact us at or call 831-459-1274 by February 22, 2023. This event is co-sponsored by the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League, Full Spectrum Features, and the Museum of Art and History.

Panel participants:

Jasmine AlinderJasmine Alinder is the Dean of Humanities at UC Santa Cruz and a historian of photography, race, and civil rights. Beyond her published work and university service, Dr. Alinder has supported and worked on numerous public history projects, including Full Spectrum Feature’s The Orange Story, which is the prequel for Resettlement: Chicago Story. In the creation of Resettlement: Chicago Story, Dr. Alinder acted as the project’s lead academic advisor.

Clara Bergamini Clara Bergamini is a PhD candidate at UC Santa Cruz who specializes in the social, political, and environmental history of disaster in modern Japan and East Asia. She worked as one of Resettlement: Chicago Story’s historians and researchers.



Patrick Hall

Patrick Hall is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently working as a highschool teacher in Kentucky where he teaches U.S. history and social studies. He worked both as a historian and researcher for the Resettlement: Chicago Story project and as an advisor for integrating the project into K-12 curriculum.


Reina HigashitaniReina Higashitani is a first generation immigrant filmmaker based in NY/LA. She is the film writer and director for Resettlement: Chicago Story and works as an Assistant Professor at the New American Film School at Arizona State University.



Jason MatsumotoJason Matsumoto is a fourth-generation Japanese American producer and musician from Chicago. He is the executive producer for Resettlement: Chicago Story and works as the executive producer of film and the Co-Executive Director at Full Spectrum Features.


Ashley Cheyemi McNeilAshley Cheyemi McNeil is a public humanities scholar who is currently acting as the Director of Education and Research at Full Spectrum Features, a role that she came into after joining the team as an ACLS Leading Edge Fellow. Dr. McNeil is the project manager for Resettlement: Chicago Story.


Katherine NagasawaKatherine Nagasawa is a multimedia journalist who specializes in participatory, place-based storytelling. Before becoming the web producer for Resettlement: Chicago Story, she produced a number of interactive web experiences about Chicago Japanese American history, including Uprooted and Reckoning.


RJ RameyRJ Ramey is the web designer behind Resettlement: Chicago Story and is the founder & Creative Director of Auut Studio ( Based in San Francisco, he started the company in 2015 to design more compelling materials for high school history teachers and museum audiences. He is known for breaking some of the rules and stale expectations for digital humanities and now teams up with other scholars to do the same. As a public historian, RJ takes an intersectional approach and centers on stories of people of color.

Celine Parreñas Shimizu Celine Parreñas Shimizu is the Dean of the Division of Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a film scholar and filmmaker whose most recent work includes her book The Proximity of Other Skins (2020) and the film 80 Years Later: On Japanese American Racial Inheritance (2022). She previously worked at San Francisco State University as a professor and Director of the School of Cinema and at UC Santa Barbara as chair of the Senior Women’s Council and as a professor teaching in Asian American, Feminist, and Film and Media Studies.


Co-sponsored by the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League, Full Spectrum Features, and the Museum of Art and History.


March 1, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm