The First Night in Manzanar

Grace Hata was incarcerated at Manzanar and Tule Lake during WWII. In this clip, she remembers experiencing one of Manzanar's infamous dust storms on her first night in the camp.

Memories of mother's skill at writing Japanese poetry

Alley Watada grew up on a farm in Fort Lupton, Colorado. In this clip, he recalls fond memories of his mother's skill at writing tanka poetry.

Talking to a history teacher who knew nothing about WWII incarceration

Rae Takekawa recalls sharing her wartime experiences with a fellow teacher, who had never before heard about the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Densho continues to selectively record the oral histories of Japanese Americans and others who can speak about the World War II incarceration. The stories we collect represent a wide range of perspectives and experiences from a diverse geographic range. Since Densho does not have the resources to interview all candidates, we are currently only able to record the experiences of individuals whose stories are not well documented.

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Know someone who may be a good candidate for Densho to interview? Fill out our short online interview nomination form and check out our criteria for selection.

Conduct Your Own Oral History

Resources and tips for recording your own oral history interview with someone you know.