A Tribute to Fred Shiosaki's Remarkable Legacy


Fred Shiosaki was a remarkable man who led a remarkable life. We are deeply saddened to learn that he recently passed away — but incredibly grateful for the legacy he left behind and his generosity in sharing his story with us and so many others. We offer this tribute in honor ...

From Densho's Archives

Hatsuji Becomes Harry: Names and Nisei Identity


“When I got married and had kids, I didn’t try to share with them too many Japanese things. And when they were born, I made sure none of them had Japanese first names.”                                                                     —May K. Sasaki

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Evacuation or Exclusion? Japanese Americans Exiled


          “They came here to be American.”                                          —Earl Hanson

From Densho's Archives

Real Friends: Standing by the Japanese Americans


"Everywhere there is community feeling to be mended, vicious legislation to be defeated, many urgent jobs calling for attention from real friends of the real America."    --Letter from Friends of the American Way

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Pioneer Generation: Remembering the Issei


They were early pioneers. And especially on farms it was very difficult for them."    --Kara Kondo

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Densho is a Japanese term meaning “to pass on to the next generation,” or to leave a legacy. Our mission is to preserve and share stories of Japanese American WWII incarceration to promote equity and justice today. Since 1996, Densho has used digital technology to document the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II, before their memories are extinguished. We offer these irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and educational resources, to preserve our history, explore principles of democracy, and promote equal justice for all. Our online resources -- including over 950 oral history interviews and 80,000 images and documents, a comprehensive encyclopedia of Japanese American history, and teacher training courses -- are available free of charge to anyone anywhere in the world. But we are also activating this history through art and storytelling that connects the Japanese American WWII experience to similar injustices today, and empowers future generations to say "Never Again."



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