Photographer Shane Sato has been capturing images of Japanese American World War II veterans for more than 20 years. For many of the war heroes, in the twilight of their lives, Sato’s portrait sessions marked one last chance to wear their uniforms. Sato’s photography project was also an opportunity for the veterans to reflect on their lives and struggles with war and racism and their determination to be accepted as Americans.
Seattle Channel videographer/producer Randy Eng captured Sato as he photographed Seattle-area Nisei vets for his book, The Go for Broke Spirit: Portraits of Courage. With contemporary controversies surrounding immigration, Sato has made it his mission to memorialize the legacy of what Japanese Americans sacrificed for their country and to preserve the story of World War II incarceration and decades of racial discrimination.
This documentary features the photo shoot of four local Nisei Veterans: Shig Otani, 552nd veteran; Shig Tanagi, MIS; Fred Shiosaki, 442nd; and Jimmy Kanaya, 442nd. They will all be part of Shane’s second book to be released in Fall, 2019.
The story, narrated by local broadcast journalist Lori Matsukawa, will premiere on Seattle Channel at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, as part of the half-hour, feature-magazine show CityStream. In addition, the story will also air separately on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The full CityStream show will also air on Veterans Day at 9:30 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
You can find Seattle Channel on cable channel 21 on Comcast and Wave and channel 8003 on CenturyLink. On Nov. 8, the story will also be posted to Seattle Channel’s website: http://www.seattlechannel.org/feature-shows/citystream.
A limited number of The Go For Broke Spirit, Portraits of Courage may be purchased for $55.00 from Debbie Kashino. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The book will also be available in limited quantities at the Wing Luke Museum store. In addition, books can be ordered from the website: