Jack Dairiki was born in Sacramento, California, but went to Japan with his father in 1941. He was unable to return to the U.S. because of the onset of World War II, and was attending school in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. In this clip, he describes the chaos in the city in the aftermath of the bombing.
202 Interviews Conducted with Manzanar National Historic Site
Four years ago Densho and the Manzanar National Historic Site (MANZ-National Park Service) started an important partnership to document the personal stories of the Japanese American experience. We agreed to jointly conduct and share video interviews, with Densho responsible for transcribing, web-hosting, and creating DVDs of the interviews from this partnership. During these four years, MANZ conducted 96 interviews and Densho conducted 106 interviews with a total of 156 interviews currently available on the Densho website.
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Bay Area Interview Project Complete
Last month Densho web-published twenty new oral history interviews of Japanese Americans from the San Francisco Bay Area. The theme of these video-recorded, transcribed, and web-hosted interviews was "Stories Less Told." Funding for these interviews was provided by a grant from the California State Library through the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, and by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
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Education Program Update
Although school is out for the summer, Densho is working with some dedicated teachers on their break to create a training program for classroom teachers. A focus for our educational program that has emerged from these discussions is that "it is through critical thought, and meaningful deliberation that we make sound and reasoned decisions that uphold our democratic ideals, even in times of crisis." Please email Tom Ikeda at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any feedback about Densho's education focus. This work is supported by a grant from the Heritage Cultural Education program of 4Culture.
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Interested in Volunteering or being a Table Captain at the Sushi & Sake Gala?
Densho will be holding an "after-work" party for Sushi & Sake Gala volunteers and table captains on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 from 5-7pm at the Densho office (1416 S Jackson Street, Seattle). Complimentary light appetizers and beverages will be provided, and for entertainment we will have a live painting performance by BOSSHIKO, a visiting guest artist from Japan who has performed at previous Sushi & Sake events. Please contact Naoko Magasis at email@example.com to RSVP for the after-work party. The Sushi & Sake Gala will be held on November 10, 2011, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
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National News and Events
Bainbridge Island Memorial Wall Dedication
The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association will be holding a public ceremony on Saturday, August 6th from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the completion of the Memorial Wall. The memorial is built on the historic Eagledale Ferry Dock site where the first Japanese Americans were assembled and forcibly removed to the Manzanar concentration camp in 1942.
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Award-winning "Conscience and the Constitution" returns as Two-Disc Collector's Edition DVD
A decade after its national debut on public television, the award-winning Conscience and the Constitution has returned as a Two-Disc Collector's Edition DVD with two hours of bonus features on the largest organized resistance to the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. The new DVD contains remastered outtakes from the film, and expansions of interviews with resistance leaders Frank Emi and Sam Horino, crusading journalist James Omura, wartime JACL leader Mike Masaoka, and others. The package also features the actor Mako singing the "Song of Cheyenne," Masaoka delivering a public rebuttal to his critics, and an original featurette, "The JACL Apologizes."
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