From the Archive
December 7, 1941: Perspectives of Yuri Kochiyama and Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga
The lives of Japanese Americans would forever be changed following December 7, 1941, the date that President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "will live in infamy." For many Nisei that fateful day left an indelible memory of lives disrupted, changed forever. For two women who grew up in Southern California, this major event in U.S. history undoubtedly altered the course their lives would take.
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Tom Ikeda Named a Microsoft Alumni Integral Fellow
The Microsoft Alumni Foundation named Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda as one of three recipients of the 2011 Integral Fellows Award. The award honors former Microsoft employees making a meaningful difference. The criteria for the $25,000 award were innovation, entrepreneurship, effectiveness, collaboration, and integrity -- all core values at Densho.
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Two New Staff Members
We are pleased to welcome two talented new staff members to Densho. Brian Niiya takes the role of Content Director after a distinguished career in Japanese American public history and information management, including senior positions at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and most recently, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i.
Senior Software Developer Geoffrey Jost is an expert programmer with deep knowledge of open source software. Geoffrey brings considerable experience in both digital archives and Japanese American content from his previous work on the Discover Nikkei team at the Japanese American National Museum.
Among other duties, Brian and Geoffrey will play key roles in the National Park Service funded Densho Encyclopedia and Digital Repository projects. We are very fortunate to have them join our team!
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Thank You 4Culture!
Densho recently completed projects totaling $47,199 in 4Culture grant funding. 4Culture is the cultural services agency for King County, Washington. The 4Culture grant projects ranged from a Heritage Facilities grant to upgrade our video production equipment, a Heritage Education grant to train King County teachers, a Heritage Special Projects grant to hire an intern to help with oral history interviews, and a Heritage Sustained Support grant for general operations.
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Successful Sushi & Sake Gala
600 people celebrated Densho's work while raising $70,000 at this year's Sushi & Sake Gala. All funds raised at this event are being matched by our education and digital repository challenge grants from the National Park Service. These grants match $2 for every $1 raised. This means the funds raised at this year's Sushi & Sake Gala provide $210,000 worth of teacher training workshops and digital preservation of historic photographs and documents! Thank you for your support!
National News and Events
Materials about Heart Mountain Draft Resistance
Filmmaker Frank Abe does an excellent job, according to a review in the Rafu Shimpo, of expanding upon the World War II draft resistance story at the Heart Mountain concentration camp with his expanded two-disc collector's edition DVD of Conscience and the Constitution. The bonus features of the DVD set include extended interview clips from some of the 26 individuals that Abe interviewed for the film. Abe donated these 26 interviews to Densho and these interviews are available for viewing in their entirety in the Densho online archive.
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