From the Archive
Prison within Prison: The Tule Lake Stockade
"It was a really terrible, inhumane thing that they did."
-- Hiroshi Kashiwagi
Of the hastily erected buildings that figure in the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans, one especially notorious structure stood for nine months and then disappeared when its deplorable purpose was revealed. Between October and November 1943, tensions at the Tule Lake incarceration camp in northern California escalated to intimidation, repression, and military control. Up to 450 "troublemakers" (anyone the camp administrators considered a threat to peaceful order) found themselves imprisoned in an isolated stockade for as long as nine months without hearing or trial, and without contact with family or legal counsel. Though the men were held in jail cells and subjected to strip searches and beatings, the War Relocation Authority (WRA) and the army did not call them prisoners. The "detainees" they held in the Tule Lake stockade were simply undergoing "administrative separation."
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Sushi & Sake Fest: Last Chance for Early Bird Tickets!
Don't miss your opportunity to buy lower-priced tickets to the popular
Sushi & Sake Fest, taking place at the Seattle Westin Hotel on
November 5. Individual tickets are now $75 ($45 tax deductible).
After October 15 they will be $90 ($60 tax deductible). A Sponsor
Table for ten people with wait service can be purchased for $2,000. Join friends and
community members for an evening of delectable sushi, sake and beer
tastings, a silent auction, live entertainment, and cultural displays.
This fun and festive event, this year held the day after the
presidential election, is sure to be your most enjoyable and memorable
evening of the season.
>> Visit the Sushi & Sake event website
>> Buy tickets online
>> Download a printable ticket form
>> Donate an item or find out about volunteering
Densho Community Meeting: A Look Back at Redress
On Saturday, October 11, enjoy a relaxing afternoon with light
refreshments as Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda shares video
reflections of people who worked to make the redress effort
successful in the 1980s. Video segments from interviews conducted
by Densho feature Norm Mineta, Cherry Kinoshita, Henry Miyatake,
Mako Nakagawa, and others. Tom will also give an update on
Densho's recent program activities, including our trips to other
communities to build a national collection of Japanese American
life stories. If you plan to attend this free event, please send
email to [email protected] with October 11 in the subject line, and
tell us how many will be attending. Or you may call 206.320.0095.
The community meeting will be from 2:00 to 3:30pm, at the Densho
office, 1416 S. Jackson Street, Seattle 98144.
>> RSVP for the community meeting
>> Get directions to the Densho office
Densho October Poll: Japanese American Writers
Students are back in school and it's time to load up the bookshelf.
Have fun with our October poll -- tell us your favorite novels and
memoirs by Japanese American authors. Do you lean toward Nikkei
classics like No-No Boy or Nisei Daughter? Or are you a fan of Julie
Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine or the just-published memoir
about multiracial identity, Holy Prayers in a Horse's Ear?
The results of the September poll are in. Our readers' top three
Japanese American gold medal winners are 1) figure skater Kristi
Yamaguchi, 2) speed skater Apolo Ohno, and 3) triathlete Bryan Clay.
One voter wrote, "They are remarkable athletes and role models."
Others remarked that the Japanese American gold medalists from
earlier years should be recognized for overcoming tough odds to
succeed in Olympic competition.
>> Take the survey
New to the Archive
Look inside the Archive: Kazuko Uno Bill Interview
Beginning this month, Densho visitors can glimpse at new offerings in
the Densho Digital Archive of video interviews, photos, and documents.
Short video clips and photo selections will be featured on the "About the Archive" webpage to show researchers the type of resources available
to them with free registration. This month you can view a video clip
of the interview we conducted with Kazuko Uno Bill, a remarkable woman
who disregarded warnings of discrimination to become a successful
doctor with a long career. Kazuko's interview is one of 40 new
video interviews we produced this year in an improved HD (high
>> See the featured sample from the Densho Digital Archive
>> Read the Densho blog description of our HD upgrade
Donate to Densho through United Way
This fall, join others who support Densho through their United Way chapter. Please designate Densho as one of your chosen charities in your employer's workplace giving campaign. Our address is 1416 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144. Densho's nonprofit tax identification number is 91-2164150. We can't continue to save precious life stories to educate young citizens without your help. Thank you for your support!
>> Find your local United Way