In this month's Archive Spotlight, Charles Z. Smith, former Washington State Supreme Court Justice, discusses his feelings upon hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Having never personally met a Japanese American prior to 1941, he describes believing in the war propaganda of the time and not being able to distinguish between Japanese Americans and the Japanese nationals responsible for the attack. This video clip is also featured in this month's From the Archive article.
Interviews in the Bay Area
Last week Densho was in the Bay Area conducting 7 interviews in the newly renovated Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj). We were able to use some of the museum's exhibit artifacts as background displays for the interviews and also enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of the San Jose folks! All of the interviews were interesting and covered a wide range of topics including an interview with Iwao Peter Sano, a Nisei who was in Japan during World War II, was conscripted into the Japanese army, surrendered with his Japanese unit to the Soviets when the war ended, and was in a Siberian prison camp for almost 3 years. Thank you to Steve Fugita at JAMsj for working with us, and to the California Civil Liberties Public Education Fund (CCLPEP) and the Manzanar National Historic Site for providing funding.
>> Learn more about the Japanese American Museum of San Jose
Over 280,000 Pageviews for Densho's Japanese Website
Last month the Tokyo Broadcasting System aired an 11-hour miniseries drama about the Japanese American experience spanning a 99 year time period. During this month over 29,000 people visited a website that Densho created to help Japanese understand the history of Japanese Americans. The average visitor spent 10 minutes at the website and viewed 10 different pages giving this website over 280,000 pageviews during the month. This website was made possible with the support of the US-Japan Foundation.
>> Visit the website
Challenge Match - Three Weeks to Go
Thank you to the Tateuchi Foundation and the Terasaki Foundation Lab for providing over $90,000 in challenge matches over the last 2 months. With 3 weeks left in the challenge match time period, we've raised over $75,000, putting us within $15,000 of taking full advantage of these challenges. Thank you to all who have already donated, especially to the 110 new donors! For those of you who haven't donated, over the next three weeks the foundations will be matching donations, and then this amount will be tripled with a $2 for $1 challenge grant by the National Park Service. The result of these matches is that for every one dollar donation, Densho receives six dollars in benefit! If we successfully complete this challenge match, Densho will receive a total of $550,000 to do interviews and to create an online encyclopedia. You can donate using a secure online server or you can mail us a check at 1416 S Jackson, Seattle, WA 98144.
>> Donate to Densho online
Another Successful Sushi & Sake Gala
Over 600 people ate sushi and drank sake at last month's Sushi & Sake Gala to help raise over $140,000 for Densho's interview program and its online encyclopedia project. An added feature at this year's event was a dinner program where Executive Director Tom Ikeda gave an overview of the first 15 years of Densho.
>> View photos from the event