76 Years Ago in Hiroshima & NagasakI

On this August 6th & 9th please reflect & remember what happened 76 years ago in Hiroshima & Nagasaki. And as you continue to work & pray that atomic & nuclear weapons will never be used again, feel free to listen & share my bilingual ballad for Hiroshima, “As If

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REMEMBRANCE: The Legacy of Executive Order 9066 in Washington State

A new long-term gallery, Remembrance: The Legacy of Executive Order 9066 in Washington State, opened on June 17th, 2021 at the Washington State Historical Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402. According to the Museum, visitors will explore “the intergenerational impacts and legacy of the incarceration of people of Japanese

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In Memory: Mary Fujioka

Mary Fujioka August 1, 1926 to June 9, 2021 Mary Fujioka, age 94, passed away June 9 on Bainbridge Island, WA, of natural causes. Mary was born and raised on Vashon Island, WA. She was the second eldest daughter (seventh child) of Sadaji Fujioka (emigrated in 1900 from Kumamoto, Japan)

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Reader Fires Off on Inaccurate Listing

From the 2006 Congressional testimony of Fumiko Hayashida, to the “Leaving Our Island” curriculum at Bainbridge Island School District, to guided tours at the Exclusion Memorial, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community has made it its mission to help educate others about Executive Order 9066 and the resulting incarceration of

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In Memory: Tony Koura

TONY KOURA, 94, of Honolulu, HI, a WWII Army veteran and retired command historian for the U.S. Pacific Command Headquarters, passed away on May 4, 2021 in Honolulu. He was born in Bainbridge Island, Washington and was 15 years old when he and his family were incarcerated in Manzanar. He

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Introducing the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Junior Ranger Program

Date: May 19, 2021 Contact: Charles Beall, charles_beall@nps.gov, 206-491-6132   Introducing the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Junior Ranger Program  Today, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, a unit of Minidoka National Historic Site, introduces a Junior Ranger program designed to engage and inspire learners of all ages. The program consists

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WE HEREBY REFUSE: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration

Check out this Sacramento Bee story about Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura’s new graphic novel about Japanese American resisters during WWII — a group that includes Hiroshi Kashiwagi and Mitsuye Endo, both incarcerated at Tule Lake, and both from the Sacramento area. https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article251141809.html “We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Acts of

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“Her Name is Shizuko: A Mother’s Influence”

Shared by Aura Newlin, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation: I want to share this piece by our friend Karen “Kara” Chittenden, Senior Cataloging Specialist in the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Division:  https://blogs.loc.gov/picturethis/2021/05/her-name-is-shizuko-a-mothers-influence/ Kara is the wife of Warren Maruyama (one of the earliest JACSC conveners) and the mother of Hana

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Spring News from the Exclusion Memorial

Visitors Ingrid and Christian from Riverside, CA tour the Exclusion Memorial with Lilly Kodama Spring has Sprung at the Memorial Recent beautiful Spring weather has brought a steady stream of visitors to the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial to walk the wall, view the newly completed departure deck, and

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Auction of Japanese Internment Art Pulled After Protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The auction of a series of sketches purportedly drawn by an artist at the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar was canceled Tuesday after groups protested it was offensive and immoral to profit off the misery of incarcerated people. Full article in U.S. News and World Report.

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