From the Archive
Inland Enterprise: Japanese Americans in Colorado and Utah
This summer Densho staff traveled to Denver and Salt Lake City to capture the stories of Japanese Americans from these lesser known, yet historically relevant, communities. One of the more compelling themes that emerged from the interviews was how Japanese Americans made a living in areas away from the West Coast, where Nikkei often relied on large networks of fellow immigrants to sustain their livelihood. While urban Japantowns and rural communities certainly existed, and even thrived, in Colorado and Utah, Japanese American enterprise differed significantly inland. Farmers, professionals and small business owners all faced unique challenges and opportunities because of their geographic location.
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Vote in the Densho Poll
This month Densho is launching a new interactive feature, the monthly Densho Poll. We want your input on who you think are the best and brightest members of the Nikkei community from yesterday and today, or perhaps your opinion on historical or current events. We will share the results each month in the eNews. For the first round of voting, we focus on your favorite Japanese American Olympic gold medal winners, a cohort of seven -- can you name all of them? --- with a brand new member in Bryan Clay, the 2008 Olympic champion decathlete.
>> Take the survey
>> Read Bryan Clay's biography
2008 Sushi & Sake Fest!
The 2008 Sushi & Sake Fest, in the running for Seattle's most popular nonprofit event, takes place November 5 (the day after the presidential election). Come join fellow sushi fans in sampling delectable selections from local chefs, accompanied by fine sake, live music, and a silent auction. A limited number of sponsor tables are still available. You can volunteer for this fun event by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And would you or your employer like to donate a service or product for the silent auction? Popular auction items are restaurant and lodging certificates, gift certificates, fine wine and art. We look forward to seeing you on November 5!
>> Visit the Sushi & Sake event website
>> Buy tickets online
>> Download an auction donation form
Tribute Gifts Help Densho
Over the course of the year, Densho receives many donations in tribute
to or memory of individuals. Often these tributes are solemn, as for
friends we've lost, like redress activist Cherry Kinoshita. Other
donations are joyous, made as wedding or anniversary gifts. This month
we received a batch of fun, celebratory tribute gifts when Rose
Harrell, mother of Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell, had her
friends send donations to Densho in honor of her 75th birthday.
Rose's generous friends donated nearly $1300. Happy birthday, Rose! We
are grateful to your friends, and to all the donors who support our
preservation and education work.
>> Learn about donating to Densho
Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program Grant
Densho has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Washington Civil
Liberties Public Education Program (WCLPEP), overseen by the Office of
the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The WCLPEP funding is a
continuation of the education program initiated by the Civil Liberties
Act of 1988. Past grants funded the creation of Densho's social
studies curricula, offered to teachers free of charge on our website.
The new grant will support an evaluation of the lessons and assess
student learning. Classroom observations and feedback from selected
teachers will allow us to improve current and future curricula that
will educate the public about:
- the World War II mass incarceration of individuals of Japanese
- related knowledge concerning democratic institutions and
- the fragile nature of our constitutional rights
>> For more information about Washington Civil Liberties Public Education