Elsa Kudo: Mother's Hardships on the Journey from Peru
Elsa Kudo was born in Canete, Peru, where her parents ran a successful store. During World War II, her father was arrested, deported to the U.S., and held at the Crystal City internment camp, Texas. In this clip, Elsa, a child at the time, describes her mother's difficulties in taking her children alone to reunite with Elsa's father in Callao, Peru, before making the trip as a family to the United States. Elsa Kudo's full interview is available in the Densho Digital Archive.
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Stories Less Told NPS project completed
This month we complete a huge project to add 140 video interviews to the Densho Digital Archive. We were fortunate (1) to be awarded a $210,000 National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites challenge grant to collect and share the stories of the Japanese American experience during World War II, and (2) to have generous supporters donate over $110,000 to provide the challenge match to make this project happen. Interviews were collected from California, Washington, Hawai'i, Illinois, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia. Kudos to the Densho interview team for a big job well done!
Friends of Manzanar Visual History Project
This month Densho completes a partnership with the Friends of Manzanar to conduct and web-host 16 video interviews of Japanese Americans incarcerated at Manzanar. These interviews were conducted by journalist Martha Nakagawa and writer/filmmaker Sharon Yamato. The interviews were then transcribed and processed for web hosting by the Densho production team led by Dana Hoshide.
Community News and Events
Japanese Heritage Sites on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Join a couple of special tours to hike and discover the uncovered heritage of early Japanese American pioneers. Participants will explore the legacy, historic landscape and experience of Japanese pioneers whose labor was instrumental in the development of the American West. This project is made possible through a partnership between the Wing Luke Museum and USDA Forest Service. The Monte Cristo mining camp hike is on August 24-25, 2012. The Iron Goat trail hike is on September 8, 2012.
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