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Detention Facility at Nyssa, Oregon

Morgen YoungDenshō

From May to November 1942, Nyssa [pronounced NISS-a], Oregon, served as the site of the first farm labor camp organized during the wartime Japanese American experience. Established as a result of the “Oregon Plan” for the forced removal and confinement of the state’s Nikkei residents, the camp held approximately three …

Oregon Plan

Morgen YoungDenshō

During the April 7, 1942 Salt Lake City governors’ meeting, George K. Aiken, executive secretary to Governor Charles Sprague of Oregon, presented the state’s plan for the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The so-called “Oregon Plan” was ultimately rejected by the War Relocation Authority …

Terrorism, 1945 Style

Brian NiiyaDenshō

One of the articles I’ve been working on for the Densho Encyclopedia on and off is a piece on the terroristic incidents that greeted the first Nisei to return to the West Coast in the early months of 1945. I had remembered reading a bit about houses being burned down, …

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Hatsuji Becomes Harry: Names and Nisei Identity

Denshō

“When I got married and had kids, I didn’t try to share with them too many Japanese things. And when they were born, I made sure none of them had Japanese first names.”                                                                     —May K. Sasaki

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Evacuation or Exclusion? Japanese Americans Exiled

Denshō

          “They came here to be American.”                                          —Earl Hanson

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Real Friends: Standing by the Japanese Americans

Denshō

"Everywhere there is community feeling to be mended, vicious legislation to be defeated, many urgent jobs calling for attention from real friends of the real America."    --Letter from Friends of the American Way

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Pioneer Generation: Remembering the Issei

Denshō

They were early pioneers. And especially on farms it was very difficult for them."    --Kara Kondo

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International Internees: The Family Camp at Crystal City

Denshō

"The bitterness of the incarceration was there, but they were able to circumvent it somehow and live a pretty decent...community family life."                                                                                    --Mako Nakagawa

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International Lives: The Horiuchi Interviews

Denshō

“The Nikkei I knew that were involved in the occupation…they were able to work more closely with the Japanese because the Japanese looked upon them as someone that could understand their culture, their history, and their motivation.”—Lucius Horiuchi

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Profile in Courage: George Sakato and a Belated Medal of Honor

Denshō

“I’m no hero, but I wear it for the guys that didn’t come back.” — George “Joe” Sakato

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Densho is a Japanese term meaning “to pass on to the next generation,” or to leave a legacy. Our mission is to preserve and share stories of Japanese American WWII incarceration to promote equity and justice today. Since 1996, Densho has used digital technology to document the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II, before their memories are extinguished. We offer these irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and educational resources, to preserve our history, explore principles of democracy, and promote equal justice for all. Our online resources -- including over 950 oral history interviews and 80,000 images and documents, a comprehensive encyclopedia of Japanese American history, and teacher training courses -- are available free of charge to anyone anywhere in the world. But we are also activating this history through art and storytelling that connects the Japanese American WWII experience to similar injustices today, and empowers future generations to say "Never Again."

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