Tom Ikedas grandparents left receive a flag in honor of their son Staff Sergeant Francis “Bako” Kinoshita, killed in action in World War II, accompanied by a family friend. Photo courtesy Tom Ikeda.

Khizr Khan’s words echo for Japanese American World War II Gold Star families

The speech challenging Donald Trump's anti-Muslim prejudice has parallels with incarcerated Japanese American families whose sons died fighting for the U.S.
Aug 4, 2016
Kristi Nakata. (Photo by The Seattle Globalist)

Kristi Nakata connects to environmental issues through a human lens

"I know that my grandpa wouldn't have called himself an activist, but he shaped me to be the person I am today. And I think because of that, he was."
Mar 27, 2016
The exterior of the Panama Hotel. (Photo by Sihanouk Mariona)

International District’s Panama Hotel up for sale

The Panama Hotel plays an important part of Seattle's Japanese American history. The current owner hopes that will be preserved.
Jan 15, 2016
Mother and daughter near barracks at Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho during World War II.  (Archive photo courtesy Densho.)

Modern support for Japanese American World War II camps alarming

Tom Ikeda of Densho objects to using the World War II policy of Japanese American incarceration camps to justify today's climate of fear against Muslims.
Dec 18, 2015
At the Wing Luke Museum last month, Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda’s reflection is seen in a display of historical images from the region. Ikeda talked about the Japanese American legacy project. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Histories of Japanese Americans imprisoned in WWII go digital

Densho, a Seattle nonprofit, is sharing hundreds of oral histories and other information about Japanese Americans imprisoned during WWII in a searchable database.
Oct 19, 2015
Ryun Yu portrays Gordon Hirabayashi. (Photo by Michael Lamont)

‘Hold These Truths’ play about Gordon Hirabayashi reprises bigger Seattle run

Biographical play "Hold These Truths" depicting Gordon Hirabayashi's fight for civil rights sees a big sophomore year at Seattle's ACT Theatre.
Jul 20, 2015
Two children in the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, where most Japanese Americans from Washington were send. (Photo courtesy of the Wing Luke Asian Museum, the Hatate Collection)

Densho gets federal grant for archive of Japanese American internment

Densho received two of the 20 grants issued nationally to help preserve the history of Japanese American internment during World War II.
Jun 17, 2015
Japanese Americans walk down the Bainbridge Islan ferry dock to catch a special ferry to Seattle for mass removal in 1942. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of History & Industry)

A rich archive of Japanese internment gets richer with federal grant

Internet sensation and internment survivor George Takei will have one more thing to celebrate when he comes to town to lead the Seattle Pride Parade this weekend. Last week the National Parks Service presented Seattle-based Denshō with a $209,982 grant. The grant, one of 21 others totaling 2.9 million dollars, was awarded by the Japanese American Confinement […]
Jun 25, 2014
A historic picture from pre-internment Japantown, on display in the Panama Hotel. (Photo by Sihanouk Mariona)

Japantown’s Panama Hotel hides a treasure trove of history

In 1942, in a fervor of wartime paranoia, President Roosevelt ordered Japanese-Americans into internment camps for the duration of WWII. The internment had an especially large impact in Seattle’s Japantown, where Japanese-Americans, many of them US-born citizens, were forced to abandon their homes and businesses almost overnight. Before they were led away to the camps, some […]
Jun 6, 2012