Gary T. Ono

Gary T. Ono, es un inmigrante sansei de San Francisco, California que actualmente reside en el área de Little Tokyo de Los Ángeles. Es fotógrafo voluntario para su vecino Museo Nacional Americano Japonés. En el 2001, recibió una subvención del Programa de Educación Pública de Libertades Civiles de California para producir un documental en video, Calling Tokyo: Japanese American Radio Broadcasters of World War II (Llamando a Tokyo: emisoras radiales japoneses-americanas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial). Esta historia cuenta sobre lo que su padre hizo durante la guerra fue lo que despertó su interés en su historia japonés-estadounidense y familiar, que llena copiosamente sus momentos de senectud.

Última actualización en marzo de 2013

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Story Behind the Name – Amache

It’s been mentioned before: the Granada War Relocation Authority Center in Colorado, one of ten such WWII American concentrations camps scattered throughout the U.S.A., was given a name change to Amache. The name change was to avoid the confusion of having two U.S. Post Offices within a mile-and-a-half of each other with the same name. One was the nearby town of Granada; the other was the Granada WRA camp. It was a practical decision, but it turned out to provide a bit of irony that our camp was given the name of a Native American, Amache ...

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Jack Muro’s Garden

I know, I know, I’ve written about Jack Muro before!—Jack as the “Underground Photographer of Amache,” “Jack Muro’s Photo Album,” and Jack being “Patriotic After All,” but Jack keeps inspiring me to write yet another essay for the JANM Discover Nikkei website.

I was getting ready to leave his and his wife Kate’s home following a successful telephone conference call interview of Jack, conducted by Denver George Washington High School students: Maureen McNamara, Haelee Chin, and Alex Barone-Camp. These same highly motivated high school sophomores contacted and interviewed me the week before. Their National History Day ...

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Jack Muro: Still Patriotic After All

Give me liberty or give me death!” was the climactic closing statement of a speech given by Patrick Henry, in 1775, as one of the leading founders in America’s fight for independence from England.

Jack Muro, who was born December 3, 1921 and raised in Winters, California said that he and his friends loved America and all grew up very patriotic and believed in all the principles of democracy won in the hard fought battles for independence. They learned their country’s proud history as students and wished for the same democracy for all countries throughout the world.

After ...

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Jack Muro, The Underground Photographer of Amache

A retired photographer, I volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles.

Having been and still involved in photography is why I was so impressed when I learned about Jack Yoshihide Muro. He was a photographer too. Jack was also like me, an inmate of Amache, a concentration camp, one of ten such War Relocation Authority camps scattered throughout the United States holding up to 120,000 of America’s Japanese as civilian prisoners for the duration of World War II. You will learn why I was so impressed and why I took the ...

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Camp Pets: Doggone It! - Part 2

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There are other pet stories that turned out happier. Before the war, Jack Muro and his parents were farmers in Winters, California. The dog of a neighboring sheepherder family had a litter of puppies. They offered the Muro family the pick of the litter. The Muros named their chosen pup, Poochie, who grew up as a much-loved family member. After Jack graduated from Winters High School, he moved to Los Angeles to work with an uncle in the produce market. Later, his parents followed along with Poochie.

When the U.S. declared war on Japan following the ...

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