Anne Shimojima

Anne Shimojima is a retired elementary school library media specialist and professional storyteller living in the Chicago area. Visit Anne’s website to see video excerpts of her family story or to download an audio version of the story. On the Resources page you can download bibliographies of resources about the Japanese American incarceration and researching your own family history.

Updated September 2018

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Nikkei Chronicles #7—Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

Hidden Memory: A Family History Journey

In my family, we never told stories about the past. No one talked about what it was like to come to the United States from Japan, about the years before and during World War II, or how it felt to be locked up in an incarceration camp behind barbed wire even though you had done nothing wrong. Of course I never learned about the camps in school. I was so unaware of my own family’s experiences that when I was taking a speech class in college and decided to do a speech on the incarceration I dutifully read books on …

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