Stuff contributed by Art_Hansen

‘Brilliant’ Work Relies on Oral Histories of Japanese American Hibakusha

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

In 1974, Betty Mitson and I co-edited a modest and virtually self-published and crudely fabricated book titled Voices Long Silent: An Oral Inquiry into the Japanese American Evacuation. It was conceived and developed as a way to open up discussion about a World War II event that had heretofore largely …

A ‘Comprehensive Treatment’ of the Wartime Incarceration of Japanese Americans

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

During the 1980s, I was privileged to co-direct the Honorable Stephen K. Tamura Orange County Japanese American Oral History Project (OCJAOHP), jointly sponsored by the Japanese American Council of the Historical and Cultural Foundation of Orange County and the Japanese American Project of the Oral History Program at California State …

The American Democratic and Multicultural Promise

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

In 1949, when I was 10 years old, my family moved from New Jersey to Goleta, Calif., where I enrolled as a sixth grader in Goleta Union School. It historically had always been an integrated school, as were the schools in the neighboring county seat of Santa Barbara. However, another …

A ‘consequential’ collection of JA history

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly


Minding and mining the gaps of one family’s trauma

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly


Book on Heart Mountain football team achieves brilliance

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly


San Francisco J-Town’s redevelopment-era transformation

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly


A ‘community study’ of Minidoka

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

During the May 1995 symposium that Mike Mackey organized in Powell, Wyoming on the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans at the nearby Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Mackey toured Bob Sims (1936-2015) and me around Powell. One topic we three non-Nikkei historians of the Japanese American wartime incarceration (all beholden to …

Inmates’ historical narratives for the layperson

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly


Bridging Historical Traditions

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

In recent years historians have increasingly moved away from writing about the history of a single nation state, so-called mononational history, to writing an innovative variety of international history known as transnational history. Unlike traditional international history, which focused on the formal relations between two nation-states, this new form of …

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Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he retired in 2008 as the director of the Center for Oral and Public History. Between 2001 and 2005, he served as Senior Historian at the Japanese American National Museum.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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