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A Tribute to Fred Shiosaki's Remarkable Legacy

Denshō

Fred Shiosaki was a remarkable man who led a remarkable life. We are deeply saddened to learn that he recently passed away — but incredibly grateful for the legacy he left behind and his generosity in sharing his story with us and so many others. We offer this tribute in …

Ten Things That Made Poston Concentration Camp Unique

Brian NiiyaDenshō

The Colorado River “Relocation Center”—more commonly referred to as Poston—was located in the Arizona desert a few miles from the California border. The largest and most populous of the War Relocation Authority (WRA) administered concentration camps (with the exception of post-segregation Tule Lake) with a peak population of nearly 18,000, …

Ten Little Known Stories About Topaz Concentration Camp - Part 2

Brian NiiyaDenshō

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Ten Little Known Stories About Topaz Concentration Camp - Part 1

Brian NiiyaDenshō

The “Central Utah Relocation Center”—more popularly known as Topaz—was located at a dusty site in the Sevier Desert and had one of the most urban and most homogeneous populations of the camps, with nearly its entire inmate population coming from the San Francisco Bay Area. Topaz is perhaps best known …

Thieving Guards, Mass Food Poisoning, and Other Facts of Life in Fresno Assembly Center

Brian NiiyaDenshō

The Fresno Assembly Center* (FAC) opened on May 6, 1942 and held a total of 5,344 Japanese Americans forcibly removed from the Fresno and Sacramento areas. One of fifteen dedicated short-term detention camps opened in the spring of 1942, the facility closed six months later when the population was transferred …

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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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