Come Join the Fun: Sushi & Sake Fest Is Here!
Attention sushi lovers! Densho's annual Sushi & Sake Fest is the
perfect culinary and cultural event for you. Join us on November 5,
from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Seattle Westin Hotel. You will savor
inventive selections prepared by chefs from eight local restaurants,
including Nishino, Hiroshi's, and Sushi Zen. Even better, you can pair
that spicy tuna tartar and crunchy tempura roll with premium sake from
a dozen makers -- or opt to quaff Japanese and American beer.
This is no boring fundraiser -- this is a big party. Between visits to
the sushi stations and sake bars, you can bid on great silent auction
items (art, travel, shopping), listen to jazz and taiko drumming, and
watch action painting by BOSSHIKO of Osaka. This day-after-the-election
event will not only sate your sushi and sake craving; it will earn you
good karma. The $75 general admission ticket ($45 tax deductible)
supports Densho's award-winning work in preservation and education. We
look forward to seeing you on November 5.
>> Visit the Sushi & Sake event website
>> Buy tickets online
>> Download a printable ticket form
Densho November Poll: Japanese American Lawmakers
As we conclude the long presidential campaign, our thoughts turn to
past and future political leaders in the Japanese American community.
For this month's poll, we're curious to know your most respected
legislators of Japanese heritage. You can choose from the provided
list of politicians, both living and deceased pioneers in national
government. Or we invite you to write in names of up and coming
leaders whose careers we should watch. On topic is this recent study of Asian American voting trends.
Here are the results for the October poll of favorite fiction and
memoirs: First - Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston;
Second - Looking Like the Enemy, Mary Matsuda Gruenewald; Third -
When the Emperor Was Divine, Julie Otsuka. Thanks for voting.
>> Take the survey
New to the Archive
Look Inside the Archive: Densho Interviews a Medal of Honor Veteran
In honor of Veterans Day, this month's selected narrator, or
interviewee, from the Densho Digital Archive is George T. "Joe"
Sakato, whose Distinguished Service Cross was upgraded to a Medal of
Honor by President Bill Clinton. The military honors of twenty other
Japanese American veterans of World War II were similarly upgraded in
2000. In the interview that Densho conducted in Denver this past
summer, George recounts the dramatic combat he saw in France with the
442nd Regimental Combat Team. In the featured clip, he describes being
enraged after his friend was killed, and leading a charge up a hill
into a machine gun nest of Germans. In addition to sharing his still
vivid memories with Densho, George visits schools to speak to students
about his World War II experiences.
>> See the featured sample from the Densho Digital Archive
Densho at the OHA and The HistoryMakers
Densho is one among many oral history initiatives taking advantage of
new technology to preserve the history of their communities. Geoff
Froh, Director of Information and Technology, recently spoke about
Densho's digital archiving practices at the Oral History Association
conference in Pittsburgh. Among the many oral history groups attending
was The HistoryMakers, committed to making history come alive, and
providing access to its digital archive of oral histories through the
internet. Their oral history archive contains 500 interviews with
prominent African Americans in all fields, from Ramsey Lewis to Barack
Obama. The Chicago-based organization also offers The Historymakers
Education Institute and The HistoryMakers Speakers Bureau.
>> Visit the HistoryMakers website
>> Read about Densho's presentation at the Oral History Association