What's in a Name


Every summer, Japanese American National Museum volunteers attend a series of Summer Institute for Volunteers (SIV) classes about cultural identity, history of the community, the museum and films. This one particular class led by Patricia Wakida, Associate Curator of History here at the museum, was a writing exercise about either the story of your name or elaborating about a picture that you brought in. All but a few volunteers chose to write about their names. Volunteers interpreted this assignment in a variety of ways, giving little anecdotes about their first names, last names, and nick names. This album is a collection of these fascinating stories!

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community history

mkochiyama — Last modified Jun 28 2021 1:49 a.m.

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