Day of Remembrance
Seventy-three years ago, on Feb 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066 was signed, which ordered the incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese Ancestry in the United States.
In this short... Read more
Interviews + Portraits with Cleveland Japanese Americans
Over Thanksgiving break I photographed and interviewed eight Cleveland-area Japanese Americans for Good Luck Soup Interactive.
Margie Yamamoto, from Boston, MA, discusses her difficulty in finding a job after... Read more
Iris Atoji remembers the FBI coming to her home
I edited some audio a bit quicker than I had anticipated.
Here's some of the interview with Iris Atoji.
Interviews with Boston Japanese Americans
This past weekend, we held an interview and portrait event with Boston-area Japanese-Americans who shared the fascinating and varied stories of their lives.
Below are two portraits by Emily Ferrier... Read more
Good Luck Soup Interactive Story Sample
Here's an example of the type of content that will be featured in Good Luck Soup Interactive. In addition to allowing people to share and upload their own photographs and... Read more
George Takei in Boston
I was fortunate enough to meet George Takei in Boston after a screening of the documentary "To Be Takei." He was incredibly nice and listened intently as I explained and... Read more
People Aren't All Bad is a finalist for Smithsonian Magazine
My short documentary People Aren't All Bad was selected as a finalist for the Smithsonian Magazine's In Motion Video Contest.
This short film reveals 89-year-old Yutaka Kobayashi's experience... Read more
Emily Ferrier, Billy Wirasnik, Russell Goldenberg and myself met at Emerson College in Boston to discuss the design and story concept of Good Luck Soup Interactive. We're making some great progress... Read more
Unusually Strong Looking
I requested and received my grandmother's WWII War Relocation Authority Case Files from the National Archives. These contain all sorts of documents and files on internees during the war.
My... Read more
Next Steps for Our Team
Thank you, again, everyone. This Kickstarter campaign was successful because of every single one of you.
This fundraising campaign will now give us the funds needed to develop and design... Read more
And, we're FUNDED!
Thank you to everyone! This has been a wild month and our Boston-based team could not have done it without all of you. We're going to... Read more
Nikkei National Musem & Cultural Centre
Sorry, some other good news to share.
Beth Carter, the Director-Curator at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in BC, Canada, also offered us the opportunity to present the... Read more
11 hours to go and 93% funded
We're almost there! About $1000 more to raise and I think we will do it.
Also, here's some great news that I want to share. I received a message from... Read more
My grandma turned 89 today!
Today is my grandmother’s 89th birthday.
Her life journey began in Sacramento, CA, where she was born. She was incarcerated in the Jerome and Rohwer Internment Camps and... Read more
Leave Clearance Hearing transcript from Michael Itamura's grandfather's WRA Case File
Of all the images and documents that I've seen on the internment camps, none have been quite as eerie as this one.
To leave the camps, Japanese Americans had to... Read more
I am Cleveland.
I may live in Boston, but Cleveland is my home. And ironically, the reason why it’s my home can be attributed to the internment camps. If that didn't happen, my... Read more
War Relocation Authority Case Files on Michael Itamura's great-great-uncle
The War Relocation Authority holds case files on all Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. These files, which can be obtained from the National Archives, contain detailed... Read more
11 Days To Go
There's 11 days to go in the campaign and we're just a little shy of 40%.
Kickstarter campaigns generally have a strong start and finish, and we're certainly... Read more
Japanese Canadian story of incarceration from Tomoko McGaughey
I've been learning many stories of the Japanese Canadian incarceration, which I never knew much of.
Tomoko McGaughey, of Vancouver, shared this story of her grandfather's family and what they... Read more
Why does this story need to be told?
I was recently asked why this story needs to be told, which is a legitimate and good question to ask of any story. Existing programs such as Densho and The... Read more
Yutaka Goes To College
A few years ago, I made a short documentary on 88-year-old Japanese American Yutaka Kobayashi and what his life was like leading up to the internment camps. The film... Read more
Eileen Yamada Lamphere shares a story of her father.
Eileen Yamada Lamphere, one of our Kickstarter backers, shared a story of her family and how her father was able to leave the Minidoka Camp. Unfortunately, his way out was... Read more
Hey everyone! We had a great launch and through your support we've already raised 10% of our project goal! That's awesome.
Some of you have shared family stories and photographs... Read more
A Japanese Canadian Story from Donna Doi
Donna Doi shared with me a story of her family and what they did after the camps closed. She was also nice enough to include a photograph of them shortly... Read more
My grandma talks about her "camp" life to a women's group in Cleveland, Ohio.
As far back as I can remember, my grandmother has always discussed her life in the internment camps. She went to schools, universities, community centers, libraries... wherever... to talk about... Read more