Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Interviews in Berkeley

When we have the opportunity, it's always nice to shoot an interview in a person's home. This provides a comfortable setting as well as a visual contrast from our usual black backdrop. On the other hand, this type of interview also presents challenges. Most of the time we have to move some furniture around, and when you're pressed for time, it can be tricky remembering where to put everything back! In every case, however, we have found that narrators are gracious and generous, and while at first they might be a little taken aback when we come barging into their homes with all our equipment, inevitably they take it in stride. On our most recent road trip, Megan Asaka interviewed Chiyoko Yano (pictured above), a wonderful nisei who welcomed us into her home in Berkeley.

On the previous day, Megan also conducted an interview with Bob Utsumi, a retired Air Force pilot. We shot this interview in Emeryville, a community sandwiched between Oakland and Berkeley. The technical challenge this time was that there was a train station across the street from the hotel, so we had to cope with the occasional train whistle!

1 comment:

BetterWorld said...

Hi Tom, Megan

I just saw a TV program on CH 3, NHK education TV in Tokyo, about your Densho program. I took my kids to Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo Los Angles in Jan 2006 and to Manzanar in Dec 2006 when my family came over from Japan to visit me in Silicon Valley.

We all live in this peaceful society today but we need to realize that, when the war started in 1941, Japanese Americans were given only 3 days - 2 weeks to pack up and sell stores and other properties so they can be transported to Manzanar and other places. I just wanted my kids to know that we need to realize that many people in the past suffered great deal and we have a lot of debts to pay to those who fought for freedom...

My father spend close to 4 years in Siberia as POW after the War... I just wish Japanese can also archive video interview of Japanese citizens who suffered during WW II at a single portal sites.


I hope Densho.org will be able to work together with other organization around the world so we can stop human suffering in Middle East, Africa and other places.
If you have a Google, account, you might be able to access, "Last one mile for world peace", 5 min speach I wrote for a leadership communication class at Berkeley.

Hopefully, we can all work together to make the world better place. Do you have any of your video on YouTube? You Tube provides a great way to spread the words.

Best regards

Pls look under "Papers written" on the right side of the blog.
"Last one mile for world peace"

http://betterworldpilot.blogspot.com/