Ryan Ford

Ryan Ford is a third generation Japanese American and a graduate of CSU of Sacramento with a BA in Psychology. He is a resident of El Dorado County, CA for 48 years and an independent researcher/historian of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony as well as Japanese history in El Dorado County.

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Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

The Family of Shinjiro Dote and Pre-WWII Japanese of El Dorado County, CA.

The trials and tribulations of pre–World War II Japanese on the West Coast are well documented, but there was a small group of them that were uniquely special and nearly lost to obscurity. The adversity they faced was as unparallel as the historical significance of their community of El Dorado County, CA.

I’m a mixed race Sansei. My family decided in 1971 to leave southern California for the quieter rural El Dorado County in northern California three weeks before the school year ended. I clearly remember my first day at my new school. As the office gal took ...

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