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Hatsuji Becomes Harry: Names and Nisei Identity

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“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

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

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Real Friends: Standing by the Japanese Americans

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"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

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

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International Internees: The Family Camp at Crystal City

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"The bitterness of the incarceration was there, but they were able to circumvent it somehow and live a pretty decent...community family life."                                                                                    --Mako Nakagawa

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International Lives: The Horiuchi Interviews

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“The Nikkei I knew that were involved in the occupation…they were able to work more closely with the Japanese because the Japanese looked upon them as someone that could understand their culture, their history, and their motivation.”—Lucius Horiuchi

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Profile in Courage: George Sakato and a Belated Medal of Honor

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“I’m no hero, but I wear it for the guys that didn’t come back.” — George “Joe” Sakato

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Freeing Testimonies: The Redress Hearings

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"I am very happy that the government of America is looking into the past. I think it takes a great country to admit its mistakes and make proper restitution."--Masao Takahashi

Voices from the Camps

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View video clips of individuals talking about their experiences in the 10 War Relocation Authority concentration camps. The War Relocation Authority (WRA) oversaw the construction of ten camps in sparsely ...

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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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