Memories Find Their Voices: Japanese American experiences during and after World War II
Saturday, July 24, 2010 2:00 - 4:00 PM in the NJAHS Peace Gallery
Date: Saturday July 24, 2010
Yukiko Jane Adachi, compiler of the collection of stories Memories Find Their Voices : Japanese American Experiences during and after WWII (published in 2008), will lead a panel discussion of contributors to the book who were interned during WWII. Free admission!
“Although there is extensive documentation of the exclusion and removal of people of Japanese ancestry from the United States West Coast during World War II, only a fraction of those resources consists of personal accounts. I think that knowing individual stories is essential in order to more fully comprehend the historical writings and data. Whenever I hear or read about that period, I tend to concentrate on narratives related by the individuals who actually lived those experiences.
I began a project which gave contributors an opportunity to document their personal experiences and to make them available to the younger and future generations. Friends and relatives referred me to Japanese Americans who were residents in the area before and/or after the war. The contributors either wrote or tape-recorded their memories. In order to provide readers with accounts as original as possible, emendations were kept to a minimum and each of the written versions was approved by its author.”
- From the Preface by Yukiko Jane Adachi