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Honouliuli Internment Camp: The Path to Becoming a National Park Service Unit

Earlier this month, the National Park Service (NPS) released the Honouliuli Gulch and Associated Sites Special Resource Study, which recommends that the former internment camp site on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu be designated a…

Voices from Heart Mountain

This week, the annual Heart Mountain Pilgrimage will draw visitors to rural Wyoming, where they will pay tribute to the more than 14,000 Japanese Americans from California, Washington, and Oregon…

Segregated Swimming: Oral Histories of Japanese Americans and Public Pools

With the end of summer looming on the horizon, people everywhere are savoring the season’s final days of poolside leisure: seeking the refuge of cool water on a hot afternoon,…

Why Teach Japanese American WWII History?

Last month, we launched Teaching World War II Japanese American Incarceration with Primary Sources—a free, online course for educators.

On the Loss of Dignity: A Response to Justice Clarence Thomas

In his dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage case, Justice Clarence Thomas invoked both slavery and “internment” in his argument that the government cannot cause individuals to lose…

Apology Politics: From Redress to Comfort Women

Guest post by Brian Niiya, Densho Content Director The recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the U.S. and his invitation to address the U.S. Congress has brought…

Crafting Beauty: Dissent by Design in Japanese American Concentration Camps

Following the Rago Arts auction debacle that unfolded earlier this month, new questions emerged about how and why Japanese American incarcerates were producing artwork from within the confines of WWII…

Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Book at the Center of the Rago Arts Auction Controversy

 This week, a major controversy developed over the Rago Arts and Auction Center’s plans to auction off 450 photos and artifacts from WWII era Japanese American concentration camps. The collection…

A Disappointing Comparison during the 70th Anniversary of EO9066

From Densho’s Executive Director, Tom Ikeda: In 2008 I voted for President Obama hoping for comparisons with Franklin D Roosevelt, a Democratic President who entered office amid a financial crisis…

Disaster in Japan

The tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 was a shocking event. The scope and scale of the devastation is difficult to believe. All of us at…

Repealing Birthright Citizenship Wasn’t a Good Idea Back in the Forties Either

On George Mason University’s History News Network (HNN), historian Greg Robinson, author of A Tragedy of Democracy, posted a recent article about lawsuits by nativists during World War II to…

Civil Liberties Notes: Art and Law

Over the weekend, a two-day symposium on civil liberties in Twin Falls, Idaho, was presented by the National Park Service, Friends of Minidoka, and College of Southern Idaho. The symposium…

International Internees: The Family Camp at Crystal City

“The bitterness of the incarceration was there, but they were able to circumvent it somehow and live a pretty decent community family life.” — Mako Nakagawa

Japanese TV Drama Filming in Seattle

“A major film is being made in Seattle, but you’ll probably never see it. It’s a 10-hour movie that will be shown only in Japan.” That’s how a KING 5…

Internment 101

A recent action of the Texas Board of Education gives me an opportunity to discuss a topic that confuses some people. On March 12, 2010, the Texas Board of Education…

Seattle’s Local Hero

The Densho staff sends congratulations to Seattle’s local hero Apolo Anton Ohno for a successful 2010 Winter Olympics. What an impressive athlete and gracious young man he is. We had…

The Story to the North

Densho is located a few hours from the Canadian border. Hapa speed skater Apolo Ohno is a local hero. So, with the winter Olympics about to descend on Vancouver, British…

KABC news story about Rescue of the Lost Battalion

KABC in Los Angeles did an excellent TV news story about the 65th anniversary reunion of the men who were at the rescue of the Lost Battalion. The 442nd Regimental…

Oral History Workshop – Not How, But Why

Last Saturday, Densho executive director Tom Ikeda, with communications director Patricia Kiyono, led an oral history workshop for 15 participants. Unlike how-to trainings, Tom designed this workshop to examine the…

Restoring a Lapsed Asian American Initiative

Yesterday at a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama signed an executive order re-establishing an advisory commission “to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through…

The Value of Freedom

We’ve been wondering what Roxana Saberi has been doing since her release from prison in Iran, where she was falsely charged with espionage. This Salt Lake City news article (photo…

Embargoed Interview: Ehren Watada

This month we announced the addition of what could be a controversial interview to the Densho Digital Archive. In our October eNews, you can preview a video clip of Densho’s…

Justice Watch

Judges are in the news. On the same day, we read that U.S. Federal Judge Robert Takasugi has passed away and learn that President Obama–on the heels of Sonya Sotomayor’s…

Hero on the 4th of July

Over the 4th of July holiday, I remembered a news item from the last days of June. Seattle’s historic federal courthouse was rededicated after a three-year renovation. In 2001 the…