I hope this message finds you safe and well.
During these uncertain and difficult times, I find myself drawn to stories of hardship and resiliency to gain perspective. Faced with the crisis of the WWII removal and incarceration, Japanese Americans found ways to navigate the challenges facing them. I find inspiration from the many who were able to improve the harsh conditions of their confinement by planting gardens, building furniture, or sewing clothes. I also find comfort in knowing that my family and other members of the Japanese American community formed friendships and lifelong bonds while helping each other.
So that you can find your own inspiration, we created a Densho YouTube channel with over 150 video clips from oral history interviews. From this channel you can view a wide range of what Japanese Americans experienced. As a start,
here is a link
to stories of Japanese Americans while confined. Also look below for links to online articles, curriculum, films, and other resources that foster insights and learning about the WWII Japanese American incarceration.
Please be safe. What we are going through today is a moment of extreme strife, but we will make it through now, as Japanese Americans did during WWII, by supporting one another. We are stronger together. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how you are doing, especially if you need a helping hand.
In peace and solidarity,