From the Archive
Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: The Mitsuye Endo Supreme Court Case
"The government grossly violated the law of habeas corpus."
-- William Marutani
One week before Christmas in 1944, a young woman named Mitsuye Endo,
living behind barbed wire at the Topaz, Utah, War Relocation Authority
camp, learned that she had won her Supreme Court challenge to her
imprisonment. After waiting two years for her appeal to be heard, she
was declared a loyal citizen, and as such, must be freed to live where
she pleased. She won not only her own freedom but that of all other
designated loyal Japanese Americans held in the prison camps since
spring of 1942.
>> Read more of this article
Sushi + Sake = Success
Densho supporters and sushi lovers united the evening after election
day for a celebration of Japanese food and culture. Attracting nearly
1200 people, the 7th annual Sushi & Sake Fest raised over $75,000 in
support of Densho's educational programs. If you attended the event
and want to find yourself in the crowd, or if you just want to see the
fun, take a look at the event photos (copyright K's photography).
Densho is deeply grateful to the Sushi & Sake Fest Committee, Densho
staff, vendors, donors, sponsors, and army of volunteers. Reviews say
this was the best Sushi & Sake Fest yet. But stay tuned -- we may outdo
ourselves next year.
>> See photos of Sushi & Sake Fest
Free Teacher Training: Social Studies CBA Curricula
We invite interested teachers to test curriculum produced by Densho,
an award-winning leader in the field of oral history, while they gain
expertise in working with oral histories in the classroom. Densho is
holding a teacher training workshop on Saturday, January 10, at our
Seattle office. We will present our innovative lessons that include
primary sources drawn from Densho's Digital Archive of interviews,
photos, and documents. The workshop will introduce new social studies
units for elementary, middle, and high school that are aligned with
Washington State Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs). The free workshop
runs from 10am to 4pm; light refreshments will be served. Densho
welcomes educators' comments about our lessons, free and available
>> Request more information or register for the workshop
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Densho Poll: Japanese American Artists
Visual artists of Japanese descent reached prominence before, during,
and after the trauma of the wartime detention. They have transmitted
and transformed the artistic influence of Japan into a fully American
vernacular. Let us know whose artistic contribution you value most and
why. We will share your thoughts next month.
We've tallied the winners of the November poll of most respected
Japanese American political leaders: first, Sen. Daniel Inouye of
Hawaii; second, Sec. Norman Mineta of California; and third, Sen.
"Spark" Matsunaga of Hawaii. All three are highly respected for their
instrumental work in gaining redress. Several readers pointed out we
forgot to include in the poll Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California. Thank
you for voting!
>> Take the survey
New to the Archive
Look Inside the Archive: New Photo Collections from Amache
While conducting interviews in Denver last summer, Executive Director
Tom Ikeda was told about never-published photos of the Amache (Granada)
incarceration camp in Colorado. Bob Fuchigami kindly lent Densho his
stored collection of wartime photos for us to scan into the Digital
Archive. The most striking were taken by George Ochikubo, from
Portland, Oregon. He took dramatic photographs of life at Amache using
a 4x5 speed graphic camera. Other photos of the camp now in the archive
are from the James G. Lindley and Catherine Lundy collections. We
invite people to view these compelling images of the crowded detention
facility. Please send us any identifying information about individuals
in the photos so that we can add accurate captions. You may register online to view the free Densho Digital Archive.
>> See the featured sample from the Densho Digital Archive
>> Register for the free Densho Digital Archive
Book Event: Mine Okubo -- Following Her Own Road
Asian American studies scholar Greg Robinson will speak in Seattle on
December 5 about Mine Okubo -- Following Her Own Road, a new book about
the pioneering Nisei artist, co-edited with Elena Tajima Creef. The
reading will be held at 7:30pm at the Elliott Bay Book Company.
Okubo's landmark Citizen 13660 (1946) is the first and perhaps
best-known autobiography of the wartime confinement experience. The
book is richly illustrated with Okubo's artwork and contains essays
that illuminate the importance of her contributions to American arts
>> Read about the book
"Our union can be perfected."
"That's the true genius of America. That America can change. Our union
can be perfected. What we have already achieved gives us hope for what
we can and must achieve tomorrow." We at Densho were inspired by those
words, spoken by our new president Barack Obama upon winning the
election. They echo sentiments expressed by former detainee Grayce
Uyehara, whose interview is preserved in Densho's archive: "This
world and this country are still full of problems. I hope that from
our experience of redress Japanese Americans can come together and
have an impact in making America a much better place."
Please help Densho capture the stories of other Nisei elders, so that
we can teach students around the country the vital importance of
working toward justice for all. Make a gift that matters. Please
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