Richard E. Yamashiro: Witnessing the "Manzanar Riot"
Richard Yamashiro was a teenager during World War II. While in the Manzanar concentration camp, he remembers the dissent surrounding supporters of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) who were called the derogatory term inu, or "dog" in Japanese. They were accused of collaborating with the U.S. government and camp administration. In December of 1942, violence broke out at Manzanar when several JACL members were beaten up and those accused of the incident were held in the camp's jail. A large crowd gathered, including Richard Yamashiro, and in this clip he recalls observing the standoff between the Japanese Americans and the military police. Densho thanks Mr. Mack Kusumoto who nominated Mr. Yamashiro to be interviewed.
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Japanese American Confinement Sites Program Funding Announced
The National Park Service awarded 17 grants totaling nearly $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret the confinement sites where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. Densho will receive an award of $362,450 after raising $182,000 in matching funds to create a multimedia online encyclopedia that focuses on the World War II incarceration.
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Interviews Completed for California State Grant
Last year Densho was awarded a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP) to conduct and preserve 25 oral history interviews with Japanese Americans in California. Earlier this year we finished conducting these interviews and are now completing the processing so that all of these interviews are available on our website. Thank you to our California interviewers Martha Nakagawa and Sharon Yamato, our California videographer Tani Ikeda, and the CCLPEP!
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Densho Interview Trip to San Jose
Last month Executive Director Tom Ikeda and Production Manager Dana Hoshide were in San Jose for four days conducting 6 new interviews for the Densho collection. They collected a diverse group of stories including the perspectives of a Military Police guard at Tule Lake, a Japanese Canadian moved inland from British Columbia, a Japanese American who lived in Japan during World War II, a prewar San Jose farmer, a Japanese American woman who voluntarily left California before the exclusion orders were issued, and a Nisei Aerospace executive. It was a long week, but we captured some great stories!