Guyo Tajiri played a key role in transforming the Pacific Citizen into a paper of national stature and, in doing so, giving voice to Japanese Americans at a moment when their voices were being actively suppressed. But this important historical figure – and many more like her – are absent from Wikipedia, the go-to information source for millions of Americans. In honor of DOR 2023, we’re calling on you to help us correct the record.
Densho is partnering with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative for a WikiAPA Edit-a-thon! This virtual event is open to all skill levels, and Wikipedia experts will work with participants to address the underrepresentation of Japanese and Japanese American women on Wikipedia and Wikidata. We’ll focus on adding people like Guyo Tajiri as well as other notable Japanese American women whose stories need to be heard.
During this virtual event, attendees of all experience levels will learn the basics of how to edit Wikipedia by updating articles and drawing content from Densho’s encyclopedia and archives.