What's up #kanshaproject
followers. My name is Emily Akemi Harada, aka Em Harada, aka @ogchipmunk.
Little tidbits about me:
27 y.o...Athletic Trainer...taiko player...attended the first Kansha Project back in 2012. I was named "Em" (the sound) Harada to keep up a family tradition. My grandpa's name was Masaro Harada (M Harada), who opened up his dental practice in Morton Grove/ Glenview, IL following the WWII Japanese American incarceration. My father, Mike Harada (M Harada) , took over the practice. I used to not care for my first name because I thought it was boring, until I learned about the challenges for my grandpa to find a place to rent because of his race. I learned there were various suburbs he was interested in, however the tenants or neighbors created petitions against him. Despite the struggles, the practice has lasted for over 50 years together. Although I won't be able to keep up the Japanese American practice, I'm proud to continue the "M" Harada line.
This next week, I’m taking over the Kansha Instagram account. Check out stories about my identity and experience on the Kansha Project trip!
#jacl #kanshaproject #japaneseamerican #mynameis