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Podcast Bridges JA Incarceration History and DACA

May 2019, Volume 69, Issue 5

CHAPTERS is a five-part Creative + Cultural Podcast series dedicated to stories surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and incarceration of Japanese-Americans. The program also parallels a narrative thread through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Episodes call on specialists of various backgrounds to add their story and expertise to help form this community tool of how to preserve and prevent certain histories. Each episode ends with recommendations from specialists on how community members can get involved or learn more.

CHAPTERS and the Creative + Cultural Podcast can be found on Apple, Spotify, or at heritagefuture.org/podcast

Episodes and Guests:

#240 - Luis Gómez moved to the United States at the age of 14 from Veracruz, Mexico and currently works at the LGBT Center OC as the Immigration Resources Specialist. He is a beneficiary of the California Dream Act and DACA.

#241 - Mary Adams Urashima is a historian, former journalist and freelance writer, and author of Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach (History Press). She chairs the grassroots preservation effort to save the Furuta Gold Fish Farm and Wintersburg Japanese Mission property in Huntington Beach, known as Historic Wintersburg. Mary identified and named the historic property, which was designated one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2014 and one of America’s National Treasures in 2015.

#242 - Dr. Kristine Dennehy is a history professor at California State University Fullerton, with a specialization in Japanese and Korean history. Dr. Ester E. Hernández earned her Ph.D. in Social Science at UC Irvine and is a professor of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies at Cal State LA, whose research is linked to immigrant rights, economic development and cultures of memory among children of immigrants.

#243 - Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa is an Associate Professor of Sociology. Her dissertation Visualizing Japanese-America: the Japanese American National Museum and the Construction of Identity examined the role of the Japanese American National Museum in the construction and dissemination of a Japanese American identity. Patti Hirahara has been an advocate in preserving the Japanese American legacy in the United States and has talked about the Japanese American incarceration and her family’s over 2,000 photographs processed in a secret underground darkroom and taken in a Wyoming Japanese incarceration camp during WWII.

#244 - Sam Mihara is a second-generation Japanese American (Nisei) born and raised in San Francisco. When World War II broke out, the United States government forced Sam, age 9, and his family to move to the Heart Mountain, Wyoming camp. Sam speaks to educators, schools, colleges, libraries, museums, government attorneys, law schools, law firms and other interested organizations about his wartime experience and usually ends his presentations with a discussion of the lessons learned from this injustice and how the lessons apply to today’s problems such as immigration and racial or religious issues.

[CHAPTERS is supported by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program administered by the California State Library and was moderated by Trevor Allred.]