About This Project

For many Japanese Americans in the community, the wartime experience is a difficult, painful subject to recall, yet it is vital to remember and cherish the firsthand memories we still have with us today. We are calling upon the community to help expand our archive of oral histories, to ask your relatives, friends, neighbors or parents to bring their stories to JAMsj. Your family's story could be the one to bridge gaps and touch the heart of an upcoming generation.

This is how it works. The storyteller--we like to call them narrators--will come into the museum and sit down with our interviewers, usually two members of the oral history team. We will audio record the story and sometime also video record them as well. While we always encourage narrators to elaborate and share their own unique perspectives, some of the questions we lead with are: Can you share your memories right before Pearl Harbor? Did you return to your hometown and what was it like? What trait do you have that reminds you of your parents? What stories do you remember hearing from your parents? These are just the tip of the iceberg, and we always draw upon what is shared in the story, allowing the narrator to take us on a journey of their life.

We are looking for more stories! If you'd like to share yours, please go to the Share Your Story page.