Thursday, April 3, 2014

Frank Kitamoto: Effects of the Incarceration Experience on Children

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Frank Kitamoto. Frank was one of Densho's founding volunteers who helped define Densho's mission of keeping the Japanese American story alive. Frank's memorial service will be at 2pm on April 6th at the Woodward Middle School on Bainbridge Island. Densho interviewed Frank in 1998, and in this clip from his interview, he discusses the impact the World War II incarceration experience had on his life, even though he was young. Frank Kitamoto's full interview is available in the Densho Digital Archive

View the Archive Spotlight interview excerpt

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cherry Kinoshita: The First Day of Remembrance

Cherry Kinoshita was a longtime Seattle activist and contributor to the Japanese American Citizens League and the redress movement. In this clip, she talks about the first Day of Remembrance in Seattle and Puyallup, Washington, and its effect on the Japanese American community. Cherry Kinoshita's full interview is available in the Densho Digital Archive.

View the Archive Spotlight interview excerpt

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Michiko Frances Chikahisa: Addressing Social Issues in the Japanese American Community After the War


Michiko Frances Chikahisa was a social worker in Los Angeles and Chicago directly after World War II. In this clip, she talks about the types of problems she observed among Japanese American youths and their parents upon returning home after the war. Michiko Frances Chikahisa's full interview is available in the Densho Digital Archive.

View the Archive Spotlight interview excerpt

Friday, December 6, 2013

Henry Ueno: Hearing About the Bombing of Pearl Harbor While in Japan

Henry Ueno was born in Pendleton, Oregon, but was living in Japan with his mother and siblings when World War II broke out. In this clip, he talks about what it felt like to hear about the bombing of Pearl Harbor as an American citizen living in Japan. Henry Ueno's full interview is available in the Densho Digital Archive.

View the Archive Spotlight interview excerpt

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Densho Online Giving Challenge Match

We need your help to support our teacher training and oral history interview programs. The Densho board and staff have pooled resources to create a $20,000 Densho Challenge match for online donations in December. What this means is that every dollar donated online in December will be matched by a dollar from Densho's board and staff. The impact of your online donation gets doubled in December. And if you donate $125 or more, you receive a gift book, The Colors of Confinement, by Eric Muller, or a DVD of the film, A Flicker in Eternity. If you donate $200, you receive both.

For more information or to donate:  www.densho.org/give

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Masao Watanabe: Feelings About Being Placed in an "Assembly Center"


Masao Watanabe grew up in Seattle, Washington, and during the war was initially sent to the "assembly center" at the fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington. In this clip he talks about his initial reactions upon arrival. Masao Watanabe's full interview is available in the Densho Digital Archive.
 
>>View the Archive Spotlight interview excerpt
>>Read the Densho Encyclopedia article on the Puyallup Assembly Center

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sushi & Sake Fest a Success!


A heartfelt thank you to the 500 guests and sponsors who made this year's Densho Sushi & Sake Festival the best! Kudos to the staff and volunteers for making MOHAI into a fun, lively party that also raised over $60,000 for our education program.

See the photos here