Friday, May 1, 2009

Summer Interview Trips

I am excited about the interview trips we have planned for this summer. We are going to at least five areas where we haven’t yet done any interviews. Whenever we do these trips we get to see new places and make new friends!

In early June we visit Honolulu where the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Hawaii will help us identify individuals to interview. We then return to the mainland to go to Minneapolis, where we are partnering with the Twin Cities Chapter of the JACL. In July we travel to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles to interview Nisei women, and then a couple of weeks later we go to Walnut Grove and Isleton to preserve stories about their pre-war Japantowns in partnership with Preserving California’s Japantowns.

We could not do these trips without funding support. The Hawaii interviews are supported by the Tateuchi Foundation. In Minneapolis the Twin Cities JACL is holding community fundraising activities like garage sales and bake sales to help fund interviews. The California interviews are supported by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.


gto said...

Maybe your interview plate if full, but if you have a chance I'd like to suggest some people. In Oakland, there is my 93-year-old mother-in-law, who was instrumental in the early formation of a Girl Scouts troop in San Francisco. She is still very sharp, as is Fred Hoshiyama, in Los Angeles, who was honored recently for his National YMCA position. He's also still active in the Little Tokyo community, JANM, JACCC and fund-raising for veterans memorial trust fund. If you can include them, I can provide contact info.

Virginia said...

Densho is interested in potential narrators and we are actively seeking candidates in California (Los Angeles, Walnut Grove and Isleton). We are also seeking narrators in the Minneapolis area and Hawaii. We welcome interview recommendations. If you would like to suggest a potential narrator, please print out our Densho Interview Nomination Form . The completed form can be emailed to [email protected] If you prefer to return it by mail, our address is on the form.