Honoring the past, and educating the future with more than 57 speaker series, 277 hours of video, and 1,349 photos, documents, and newspapers.
This website provides access to videos, images, documents and much more that help convey and educate
about the Japanese American experience and our history.
Currently featured collections can be found below, and the entire set can be searched through on the "Archives" page linked at the top.
In addition to this website, a kiosk was added to the NVC Memorial Hall so that visitors may easily view the content while attending an event or otherwise at the historic building.
Listen to George discuss his experiences as a student at Fife High School and of his "special" graduation due to the wartime evacuation, his concentration/internment camp days that prompted him to volunteer for the military, his enlistment in the 442nd RCT, and his training and combat experiences.
Follow the journey of Frank Nishimura's life through picturesque descriptions of places, candid anecdotes of people, and vivid recollections of various events including his volunteering for the 442nd RCT and his time in Italy during the war.
Hear Kim Muramoto speak of his parents (both of Okayama, Japan), who settled in Bellevue, Washington, his time just before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he and his family's forced evacuation in May 1942 to their eventual placement at Tulelake Interment Camp, and his experiences in the 442nd RCT in Europe.
Listen to Shig Tanagi, born 1922, share his photos and interesting stories with a packed audience at the NVC Hall, discussing with the crowd his early years growing up in Seattle's Nihonmachi, then going through the WWII years with the military in the Phillipines, Japan, and Korea.
Hear Tosh Okamoto and Frank Matsuda tell their accounts and experiences from their wartime years, and see the photos and histories they showed.
Watch Jimmie Kanaya give his account of pre- and post-WWII experiences, including how his parents immigrated from Okayama, Japan to Oregon in the early 1900s and his tenure in the 442nd as a medic.
Discussion of the significant parallels which can be drawn between the experiences of Muslim Americans today and the experiences of Japanese Americans before, during, and after WWII.
Frank S. Sato was a government official who held many different positions within the Reagan and Carter Administrations. He held a career in U.S. government and auditing, then moved on to activism supporting the Japanese American community.
Discussion of experiences and life in the site where 7,000 Japanese Issei and Nisei spent four months in 1942 as prisoners in the Puyallup Assembly Center, often euphemistically called Camp Harmony.