June 2021
From Executive Director Tom Ikeda
Dear friends,

Like many Sansei, I didn’t grow up with stories of WWII incarceration at home or in school. When I was a junior in high school, one of my teachers, Elaine Kimiko Wetterauer, a Tule Lake survivor, gave me a copy of No No Boy and encouraged me to begin learning more about my family’s history. That simple gesture taught me so much about the importance of passing this story on to the next generation. 

Decades later, I was part of a small group of dedicated volunteers who started Densho as a scrappy, grassroots oral history project. We wanted to make sure that the stories of survivors like Ms. Wetterauer, and the lessons we can learn from their experiences, are kept alive for future generations. And in many ways, I think we’ve succeeded. Looking back now, in Densho’s 25th year, I’m humbled by the hurdles we’ve overcome to reach this milestone and the incredible community support that has allowed us to make our story heard.

For 25 years we have come together in radical acts of remembering — but we know that there is still so much more to be done. As Densho grows our archives and seeks out creative new ways to educate the public about WWII incarceration, we need your support. Please consider making a special 25th anniversary donation to Densho so that together we can continue this important work for decades to come.

With much gratitude, 

Tom 

P.S. You can check out our 2020 Annual Report here!
Volunteer with Densho

We’re looking for volunteers for our Camp Newspaper Names Indexing project! Help us transcribe personal names from the newspapers of the 10 major incarceration camps and some of the Assembly Centers. Work will be done remotely, and training will be included. Are you detail oriented, organized, and precise? Fill out our volunteer application today.
We're Hiring: Accountant

We need your help spreading the word! We are searching for an accountant to handle general accounting and other administrative activities in our Seattle office. This is a new position for Densho and crucial to the growth of the organization. More information and application instructions at the link.
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It’s hard to find queer voices within Asian American history, but thanks to the work of some brilliant historians and community activists, that’s beginning to change. In recent years, more of these stories have become available online in the form of archives, films, and other digital projects. So as we celebrate queer Asian American history during Pride and beyond, here are 10 completely free online resources to explore these stories without leaving home.
Oral History Spotlight: Arriving in Puyallup Assembly Center

As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, here’s a look back at Executive Director Tom Ikeda’s very first Densho interview. Francis Mas Fukuhara grew up in Seattle and was incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp during WWII, before being drafted into the Military Intelligence Service. In this clip, he tells Tom about his shock at the poor conditions upon arriving at Puyallup after the forced removal.
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