Bainbridge Island remembers Japanese American incarceration on 75th anniversary

Speakers included Kay Sakai Nakao, 97, who was 22 when she and her family were forced from their Bainbridge Island home in World War II.
Mar 31, 2017

Japanese American incarceration commemorated with vows to counter anti-Muslim political rhetoric

Community leaders from the Muslim American and Japanese American communities discussed how to counter fear-mongering that can lead to racial profiling.
Feb 20, 2017

How Bellevue businessmen who stoked fears benefited after Japanese American incarceration

Eastside businessmen who stoked anti-Japanese and anti-immigrant sentiment benefited most when Bellevue's Japanese American community was incarcerated.
Feb 19, 2017
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)

History of Japanese American incarceration finds modern parallel

Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 — what happened to Japanese Americans in World War II has become even more relevant in 2017.
Feb 14, 2017

This is not a test

The U.S. has a history of persecution and unlawful detention of minority residents. That's why Japanese Americans should stand up for Muslims today.
Jan 30, 2017

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

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

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

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