From the Archive
The Genji Mihara Letters
"Thank GOD I am very well... No one knows how long we stay here. Also we don't know nothing about outside" (December 12, 1941).
"The war trouble brewing in many different way. You are fragile but please be bright and lively. You know I praying morning and nights. Please good care yourself" (March 18, 1942).
Densho recently digitized over one hundred letters written by an issei (Japanese immigrant) man, Genji Mihara, to his wife during the World War II incarceration. Genji, an accomplished poet and leader of the Japanese American community, was arrested immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and imprisoned in various detention sites around the country. Separated from his family for years, Genji's eloquent words often reflect a sense of longing for home and family, bringing to life a forgotten voice of the incarceration experience.
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Washington Social Studies Leadership Retreat
Densho will present two sessions to teachers at the upcoming Social
Studies Leadership Retreat at Lake Chelan, Washington on March 9-11, 2007. The
first session is "Constitutional Issues: Civil Liberties during War"
a town meeting simulation. The second session is "Digging Deeper:
Exploring the War Relocation Authority Camps through Photographs
and Newspapers." This three-day retreat is designed to help social
studies educators in the state of Washington.
>> More information from the WSCSS
Presentation in Los Angeles
Tom Ikeda will demonstrate Densho's innovative website in Los Angeles
on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 1pm and 7 pm at the National Center for the
Preservation of Democracy. He will describe how Densho was started
and how it has thrived the last ten years. He will also demonstrate
Densho's website where you can read every edition of the 10 War
Relocation Authority camp newspapers, view thousands of photographs
taken in the camps, and watch hundreds of videotaped interviews of
people who were incarcerated in the camps. This free event is open to
the public and is co-hosted by Densho and the Japanese American
>> More information from the NCPD
Interviewer Training at Manzanar
Tom Ikeda will conduct a free interviewer training workshop at the
Manzanar National Historic Site on March 15-16, 2007. This workshop
will go through the Densho method of interviewing and is designed
for individuals who want to conduct videotaped interviews. For more
information and to register for the workshop, contact Alisa Lynch at
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Roger Daniels Collection
Professor Roger Daniels, renowned historian and scholar of Asian American history, recently donated 481 books, government publications, journals and videos to Densho. Included in this impressive collection are rare out-of-print titles, first edition classics and many modern books and journals covering a wide range of topics in Asian American studies.
>> See the contents of the collection at LibraryThing