120,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. Learn about this unprecedented denial of civil liberties and why it still matters today.
Learn about Japanese American history and the legacy of WWII incarceration by exploring personal stories from those who lived through it.
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Join us in putting the lessons of Japanese American WWII incarceration into action today.
Densho is excited to share that Naomi Ostwald Kawamura will be our next Executive Director! Naomi brings a rare combination of experience in education, museums, nonprofit leadership, and a passion for Japanese American history and memory work.
Campu weaves together the voices of survivors to spin narratives out of the seemingly mundane things that gave shape to the incarceration experience: rocks, fences, food, paper. Follow along as hosts Hana and Noah Maruyama move far beyond the standard Japanese American incarceration 101 and into more intimate and lesser-known corners of this history.
Activist, educator, writer and longtime chair of the Manzanar Committee, which helped to establish the site into a National Historic Site and institutionalized an annual pilgrimage.
The 1948 U.S Supreme Court case Oyama v. California struck down certain provisions of California's notorious Alien Land Act as applied against U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry.
Instead of fully operational hospitals, patients and medical staffs were greeted with rudimentary first aid stations and infirmaries.