Tessaku (iron fence or barbed wire) 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 removing all Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast into isolated concentration camps. These are the stories and memories of the people who lived through it. Read more stories and find resources to help in tracking down your own family's camp history at https://tessaku.com/
Tadashi Tsufura was a young teenager living with his family in the farming community of Parlier, California, where his father, Shosetsu Tsufura was the Buddhist minister and his mother, Midori (Kamamoto), was a Japanese language teacher - both central...
Mary Nomura - The Songbird of Manzanar
Mary Nomura was a teenager when she and her orphaned siblings were sent to Manzanar. There, she would be mentored by the music teacher and meet her future husband, who fell in love with her voice.
Grace Izuhara's family avoided incarceration by going to Utah to harvest a valuable wartime staple. But their psuedo-freedom was met with hostility by their new community.
As a veteran of the Military Intelligence Service, New Yorker Kaz Yamaguchi witnessed the devastation in Tokyo and reflects on how he found pride as a Japanese American.
Nancy Yamamoto recounts her memories was a teenager and aspiring fashion designer when the Japanese army attacked Pearl Harbor, abruptly putting her life and dreams on hold.
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Great story telling
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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.