Book Event - Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence
Please join us on Saturday, December 15th at 3pm at the Wing Luke Museum for a book event with author Linda Tamura. Linda will talk about her new book, Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River. The book shares the experiences of Japanese Americans (Nisei) who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting on the front lines in Italy and France and serving as linguists in the South Pacific. The soldiers were from Hood River, Oregon, where their families were landowners and fruit growers. Town leaders, including veterans' groups, attempted to prevent their return after the war and stripped their names from the local war memorial. This event is free of charge. No tickets required, but seating is limited. Includes museum admission. Sponsored by Union Bank, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, Nisei Veterans Committee, Nisei Veterans Committee Foundation, and the Seattle Chapter of the JACL.
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Job Opening at Densho
Densho is seeking a Marketing and Communications Manager to develop and implement a marketing plan to expand Densho's national reach. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing skills, PR experience, knowledge of Japanese American history, strong technical skills, and social media experience. Please see the full job announcement for more information.
To apply, please send your resume (Word, PDF, or Plain text) and a cover letter describing your interest to [email protected] by Monday, January 14, 2013. All applications will be held in confidence. All submissions and questions should be sent via email -- please no phone inquiries.
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New Articles in the Densho Encyclopedia
The Densho Encyclopedia continues to expand with more newly written articles about the Japanese American experience during World War II. In the last month, 36 articles were added to this online resource including:
Funding for the encyclopedia is provided in part by the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service.
Teaching the Teachers at NCSS
Two weeks ago the Densho team trained 58 teachers from around the country during a daylong workshop at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference. These workshops
used materials about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans to examine how to use primary sources in the classroom. Funding for this workshop was provided in part by the 4Culture Heritage Cultural Education Program and the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service. Below are a few of the comments from teachers after the workshop.
I used to think that I really didn't know enough about this topic, that it was not a pivotal moment in history. Now, I think that this is a major part of our history and adds another piece to how we view the world and America. I realize now how this event is so overlooked and not taught.
I used to think that I understood most of the content surrounding WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. Now, I think what I had learned before was just the tip of the iceberg.
I used to think this was a terrible, but possibly necessary moment in America's history. Now, I think this was an avoidable blunder that could have been better managed through calmer heads and more capable leadership.
I used to think that my unit on Japanese incarceration was pretty solid. Now, I think I have just scratched the surface. I am so excited to use the video clips and the primary sources.
I used to think the Japanese American experience was set and left in 1941. Now, I think the Japanese American experience fits in current events. Japanese American experience is an enduring lesson for our country.
Contact [email protected] if you would like to organize a teacher workshop in your city.
Community News and Events
70th Anniversary Celebration of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team - March 22-24, 2013 - Honolulu
The 442 Sons and Daughters in Honolulu are hosting a 70th Anniversary celebration for the 442nd RCT in Honolulu. For more information visit their website or contact Gwen Fujie at [email protected]
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Early Bird Registration Open for JANM National Conference in Seattle
On July 4 through July 7, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, the Japanese American National Museum will present its fourth national conference: SPEAKING UP! DEMOCRACY, JUSTICE, DIGNITY. The Conference will explore the historic and contemporary connections of the Japanese American experience to local, state, and national histories.
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