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Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

May Fujino

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Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

Yasuyuki Suzuki

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“Working as a volunteer guide at the Japanese American National Museum is such an interesting experience. I’ve taken a class about the history of Japanese Americans, but there’s no manual for my work. So I have to study constantly,” says Yasuyuki Suzuki.

Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

Richard Michio Murakami

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Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

Kenneth “Ken” Hamamura

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Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

Mary Karatsu

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Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

Robert “Bob” Uragami

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“I am not a museum type of person,” says Bob Uragami. He had his first encounter with the Japanese American National Museum in 1991 when it was looking for artifacts for its first exhibition, Issei Pioneers:Hawaii and the Mainland, 1885–1924.

Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

Kihachiro Tajima

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Kimio Tajima was an American-born Nisei, but he died a Japanese soldier, while at war in New Guinea. He was 28 years old. His son, Kihachiro, was only ten months old when Kimio was drafted. Kihachiro grew up being called a war orphan, not remembering his father’s face.

Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

Nao Magami

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When Tokyo native Nao Magami was a student at California State University in the 1970s, he wondered why his Japanese American friends only spoke English, unlike the Chinese and Korean American students, many of whom spoke their parents’ languages. One day in an Asian American studies class, he watched a ...

YMCA And JA Community Leader Fred Hoshiyama Passes At 100

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Fred Yaichio Hoshiyama, a hero and a legend to both the YMCA and the Japanese American community, passed away on November 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, just one week shy of his 101st birthday.

Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

Hitoshi Sameshima

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Hitoshi Sameshima was born in Pasadena in 1921 to parents from Kagoshima, Japan. He was a junior at the University of Southern California when the war broke out in 1941. During WWII, his bilingual skills forced him into an uncomfortable position between Japan and the U.S.

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The Rafu Shimpo is a Japanese American daily newspaper based in Los Angeles. It was founded by Issei in 1903 as a Japanese-language paper, but it now includes an English section as well.

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