Earlier this year Densho traveled to Hawaii and interviewed Masamizu Kitajima, a Nisei from Ookala, Hawaii. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, his father, a prominent Buddhist minister, was arrested by the FBI and interned in various facilities. With little community support and five children to raise, Masamizu's mother decided to accept the U.S. government's offer and move the family from Hawaii to the Jerome incarceration camp, Arkansas, to reunite with Masamizu's father. In an excerpt from his interview, Masamizu describes his sudden understanding that his father wasn't coming home after being arrested. He realized that as the oldest son, he now had to assume the role of father-figure to his family, despite being only eight years old.
Densho is Challenged!
Last month the Tateuchi Foundation challenged us to raise $50,000 to help us conduct more interviews with Japanese American elders. Early this month we were challenged by the Nibei Foundation to raise an additional $41,500 to help us create an online encyclopedia about the Japanese American experience. The total amount raised plus the foundation challenge will then be tripled with a $2 for $1 challenge grant from the National Park Service. The bottom line is that for every $1 we raise, we receive $6 in benefit. If we are successful, Densho will receive $549,000! The stretch for us is that we have to raise $91,500 by the end of the year to receive all of the challenge matches.
$300,000 from a successful campaign will be used to video record, transcribe and publish 140 interviews of Japanese American elders from across the country. $249,000 from a successful campaign will be used to create a new, multimedia encyclopedia for students to access compelling, accurate information about the World War II experiences of Japanese Americans. Please give now on a secure online server or mail a check: Densho, 1416 S Jackson, Seattle, WA 98144. Lots of small amounts add up. Please give what you can to help us take advantage of this great opportunity!
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Nov 10th Densho Sushi & Sake Gala
Final preparations are being made for the Densho Sushi & Sake Gala on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at the Seattle Sheraton. This year's event includes a festive sushi & sake reception, live music, and a silent auction. And for the first time, this year guests will enjoy a sit-down dinner and dessert during which they can visit with friends and hear an update on Densho's activities. Online tickets may be purchased through November 8th. Please visit our event website for more details about the event. We hope to see you there!
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New Teacher Resource CD Available
A new teacher resource CD is now available. This free CD brings useful, standards-based activities to the classroom including a wealth of primary sources gleaned from the Densho Digital Archive. The four in-depth learning units that are included on the CD are:
* Learning with Primary Sources (middle school and high school)
* Constitutional Issues: Civil Liberties, Individuals, and the Common Good (high school)
* Dig Deep: Media and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (middle school)
* Immigration Journeys: Changes and Challenges (elementary school)
You can request the CD by emailing [email protected]. Please include your mailing address and how many CDs you would like.
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20 New Interviews in the Bay Area
This month we begin conducting the first of twenty new interviews in the Bay Area. These interviews will focus on the prewar and wartime experiences of Japanese Americans in the Bay Area, and the postwar activities that emerged. The first set of interviews will be conducted at the remodeled and recently reopened Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj). These interviews are made possible through a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP) and additional funding from the Manzanar National Historic Site.