Online Exhibition: Wakaji Matsumoto–An Artist in Two Worlds

Now featured on the Japanese American National Museum website, Wakaji Matsumoto, An Artist in Two Worlds: Los Angeles and Hiroshima, 1917-1944, is an online photographic exhibition providing a glimpse of life both in the artist’s native Hiroshima and in Los Angeles, pre-WWII. Wakaji Matsumoto was born to Wakamatsu and Haru

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San Diego Apologizes Rescinds Support for WWII

September 20, 2022 The San Diego City Council rescinded Tuesday a resolution it had passed 80 years ago in support of the incarceration of Japanese Americans in prison camps during World War II. “This isn’t simply a matter of looking backwards, but also hopefully recognizing how quickly political ploys can

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In Memoriam: Teruko “Terry” Marlatt

Teruko “Terry” Marlatt passed away peacefully on May 10, 2022, age 95, in Reno, NV. Terry was born on Bainbridge Island, Washington, on February 21, 1927 to parents Zenhichi and Shiki Harui. She was 15 years old when her family left Bainbridge Island for Moses Lake in advance of the

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Satoru Sakuma: October 28, 1925 – May 17, 2022

March 30th, 2022 was a very special day. As a volunteer helping to organize the extensive media coverage at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, the day was exciting and frenzied. How many would show up? Where could all the cameras fit? Would they block the view? Then, the

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Watch the 80th Anniversary Video

View the Ceremony hosted at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial on March 30, 2022 Watch the 80th Anniversary presentation in its entirety, featuring Frances Ikegami, survivor of the forced removal, four student leaders from Woodward Middle School, the declaration from the City of Bainbridge Island, speakers from BIJAC,

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“80 Years of Healing”

Hayashidas were joined by Sakumas, Nakatas, Nagatanis, Kitamotos, and so many of the names we recognize from the carvings in the Exclusion Memorial Wall. Bainbridge Island was honored with the presence of a large turnout of survivors and their families on March 30th, the Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of

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In Memoriam: Matsue Nishimori Watanabe

Beloved Bainbridge Islander, most recently a resident of Redmond, WA, Matsue Watanabe passed away on January 22, 2022 at the age of 94. BIJAC is grateful for her contribution to the oral histories and will always remember her fondly. She will be missed. You are welcome to view the video

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Japanese-American Exclusion Commemoration is a Reminder of What can Happen on our Idyllic Island

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the March 30th Commemoration or watch the live-stream, Kevin Dwyer, the “Island Wanderer,” provides a good synopsis of the event. Click here to read the blog post.

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Seattle Times Reflects on Its Coverage of the Exclusion

A rare number of media outlets — most notably the Bainbridge Island Review — took a principled stand against incarceration. Others, including The Seattle Times, did not. Eight decades later, Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen called that decision a “low point” in the paper’s history. Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen

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Americans Incarcerated: A Family’s Story of Social Injustice

Part of Executive Order 9066 at EightyMarch 11 – Jun 12, 2022 Camp Harmony Chris Hopkins, 2014 Americans Incarcerated: A Family’s Story of Social Injustice is an evolving collaboration between Jan and Chris Hopkins (Everett, WA) to memorialize the eviction of Japanese Americans during World War II. Executive Order 9066,

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