Densho eNews - November

From the Director: Tom Ikeda

We decided to publish our November eNews on Veterans Day as a tribute to the men and women who served in the armed forces. In particular we wanted to acknowledge the Japanese Americans who chose to serve during World War II at a time when many Americans despised and didn't trust them. Some of these individuals endured increased hardships and discrimination hoping that their sacrifices would make it easier for their families to return to their communities after being incarcerated in American concentration camps.

I encourage each of you to take a moment today to remember these individuals and share a story. On Facebook I share the story of an uncle that I never met along with the photo of my grandparents accepting an American flag after he was killed in action. I also used the hashtag #NiseiVeteran so that this story could be found with other stories using this tag. Let's acknowledge our veterans by remembering them. Thank you and if not too difficult, please share your stories with me at [email protected].

Archive Spotlight

Tosh Yasutake: Treating Soldiers with "Shell-Shock"

Tosh Yasutake served as a medic with I Company, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In this clip, he talks about how to treat soldiers, including the medic he replaced, who suffered from "shell-shock." Tosh Yasutake's full interview is available in the Densho Digital Archive.

>> View the interview excerpt
>> Register for the free Densho Digital Archive
>> Read the Densho Encyclopedia article on the 442nd Regimental Combat Team

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Densho News

Marketing Position Available at Densho

We are seeking a Marketing Manager to create and implement a content marketing plan that engages a national audience with Densho's rich online content about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. This person will design and launch social media campaigns and live events that build upon Densho's content expertise.

This position is funded, in part, by an award from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

>> View the Job Announcement

Order a Free Densho Educational Resource CD

Densho created an Educational Resource CD of the materials used during our "Teaching with Primary Sources" teacher training workshops that were conducted with 625 educators over the last two years. Contained on the CD are the historic newsreel, photographs and documents used during the workshops. Also included are videoclips from the Densho oral history collection and activities about how to examine primary sources. While supplies last you can have a free CD shipped to you. Funding for these CDs was provided, in part, by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

>> To request your free CD

Support Densho by Shopping at AmazonSmile!

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Densho. Visit, sign in using your account, and designate Densho as your nonprofit.

>> Visit AmazonSmile

Henry Miyatake Memorial - December 6, 2014

There will be a community memorial service on December 6, 2014, at 2pm at NVC Memorial Hall in Seattle for redress activist Henry Miyatake. In this 1999 interview with Densho, Henry describes the impact on the community of the first Day of Remembrance in 1978.

>> Watch the video clip of Henry Miyatake
>> Read Densho's encyclopedia article about Henry Miyatake

Fumiko Hayashida: 1911-2014

Fumi Hayashida, the face of an iconic historic photograph, passed away on November 2, 2014. In this 1998 interview with Densho, Fumi talks about how she felt the day that she and her fellow Bainbridge Islanders were removed from their homes.

>> Watch the video clip of Fumiko Hayashida

Robert Oki: 1923-2014

Bob Oki, longtime Densho supporter, passed away on November 1, 2014. In this 2003 interview with Densho, Bob describes hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

>> Watch the video clip of Bob Oki

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