Tessaku - Stories from the Japanese American Incarceration
By Diana Emiko Tsuchida
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Tessaku (iron fence) is a collection of stories from the Japanese American incarceration during WWII. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States went into a state of shock and with poor political leadership, forcibly removed all Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast into isolated camps. These are the stories and memories of the people who lived it. ✿ Read more stories and find resources to help in tracking down your own family's camp history at https://tessaku.com/
||CleanThe Songbird of Manzanar: Mary Nomura||Mary Nomura was a teenager when she and her siblings were sent to Manzanar. Both parents had passed when she was young, leaving her eldest siblings to struggle through the Depression in caring for the family. But in camp she found friends, a new social.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrace Izuhara||Grace Izuhara was five years old and living in Los Angeles when WWII broke out. And rather than go to camp, her family chose to avoid it by leaving their home and signing up for a farm labor program to harvest a vital wartime staple: sugar beets. But .||8/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKazuo Yamaguchi||Born and raised in Queens, New York, Kaz's family lived alongside all Italian Americans, even befriending members of the mafia. It wasn't until he went to basic training at Fort Snelling that he met other young Niseis from the West Coast and Hawaii who.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNancy Yamamoto||Nancy Yamamoto was a teenager when war broke out between the U.S. and Japan. Her plans to become a fashion designer were abruptly put on hold as her family was uprooted from a farming town near Sacramento to the harsh landscape of Tule Lake. In our cha.||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great idea to have as many of these stories of incarcerated Nikkei told in first person. Keep it up!
I thoroughly enjoyed Nancy’s story. I look forward to many more Podcasts.
I thank you for all the time and dedication you have given to Tessaku. I think these stories must live on, so we never forget the awful treatment Japanese Americans endured.
I have been following Tessaku and Diana’s work for a while, and am so grateful for the work she does. Because of her, survivors of the camps can have their stories heard and preserved for future generations. So glad these will be available on iTunes now, amazing first story!