Wendy Hanamura

Over her 30-year career in the media, Wendy Hanamura has reported and produced stories around the world for Time, CBS, World MonitorTelevision, NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation), and PBS. In 2014 she joined the Internet Archive—the world’s largest digital library-- as the Director of Partnerships. In the Bay Area, Hanamura has worked as a television reporter for KPIX/CBS-5 and a series producer for KQED. She served as VP & General Manager of the national satellite channel, LinkTV. Her favorite project remains Honor Bound: A Personal Journey, the Emmy-award winning documentary she produced about her father and his storied unit, the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Both sides of her family were incarcerated at Topaz.

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What Happens When Everyone who Experienced an Event is Gone?

How do we mark an event in time? The Etruscans used the concept of saeculum, the period of time from the moment something happens until the time when everyone who experienced that event has died. For Japanese Americans who were rounded up on the West Coast, herded onto trains and buses and incarcerated in desolate camps for years, we are approaching that saeculum. My mother, Mary Tsuchiya Hanamura, was just 14 when she was put behind barbed wire. Today, she is 91. “They are putting Felicity Huffman in jail for 14 days for her crime,” my mother said last week. “They i…

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