Sharing Our Discoveries
Since completing historic resource surveys in more than forty historic Japantowns, we have shared our rich findings with organizations and agencies across California, and responded to requests for help with related efforts to preserve Nikkei history.
Japantown Heritage Roundtable
Join us for the Japantown Heritage Roundtable to be held on Thursday, June 24, 2010 from 2 to 5 pm, and learn about a wide range of local efforts to preserve and reclaim Japanese American heritage sites and to document and educate the public on Japanese American community history. Share ideas on how to build local support and connect our stories to reach a broader audience. For more info, email us.
Preserving Our API Communities
Preserving Asian Pacific Islander America: Mobilizing Our Communities is the theme for the first-ever Asian Pacific Islander National Historic Preservation Forum to be held from Thursday, June 24 to Saturday, June 26, 2010 in San Francisco. The goal of this ambitious forum is to convene Asian Pacific Islander Americans and stewards of cultural sites associated with these communities, along with representatives of preservation, advocacy, and economic empowerment organizations, to share strategies, to foster networking and to exchange best practices. Click here for more information.
Preserving California’s Japantowns
California’s Japantowns in the News
Selections from press coverage that documents Preserving California’s Japantowns and local preservation efforts in many of the communities we surveyed throughout the state.
Preserving California’s Japantowns by Donna Graves and Jill Shiraki, Nichi Bei Times, New Year’s Edition 2008
Kawashimo: A Rural Japantown in the Sacramento Delta by Barbara Takei, Nichi Bei Times, New Year’s Edition 2008
Piecing Together the Past: Preservation of Lodi’s Historic Japantown Gains Interest by Lisa Masai, Nichi Bei Times, New Year’s Edition 2008
Gilroy Hot Springs by Matt C. Bischoff, Historian III, Monterey District Newsletter, January 2008
Drive to Save Redman-Hirahara House, Nikkei West, December 25, 2007
Bittersweet Centennial for Y-S Institution by Nancy Pasternack, Appeal Democrat, December 13, 2007. Terry Manji remembers when Marysville’s Japantown was the center of a thriving, tight-knit community of farmers and farmworkers.
Dreams flow for Downtown Lodi by Ross Farrow, Lodi News, November 14, 2007
Part of Watsonville Japantown History is Lost by Mas Hashimoto, Nikkei West, November 10, 2007
Church Reflects Japanese History by Katherine Yamada, Glendale News Press, October 26, 2007
Recalling the Pre-War Community by Katherine Yamada, Glendale News Press, October 12, 2007
OC Nikkei Historic Sites Threatened by Alex Isao Herbach, Rafu Shimpo, September 19, 2007
Book Documents "Japantowns of Placer County," Hokubei Mainichi, September 19, 2007
Rediscovering Berkeley, Oakland Japanese American Communities by Alec-Yoshio MacDonald, Nichi Bei Times, August 2-8, 2007
Preserving California’s Japantowns by Donna Graves, California Preservation Foundation News, Fall 2007
California: Preserving California’s Japantowns, Forum News, National Trust Forum, a program of the Center for Preservation Leadership, National Trust for Historic Preservation, May/June 2007, pg 4
Preserving California’s Japantowns, Western Preservation News, National Trust for Historic Preservation, April/May 2007, pg 7
Through the Windshield by Naomi Hirahara, January 2007
Revisiting Old Japantowns: Coalition Seeks to Document History by Patricia Jiayi Ho, San Gabriel Tribune, October 21, 2006
Communities Rediscovered: An Overview of California’s Historic Japantowns, Special Edition: Centennial of San Francisco Japantown, Nichi Bei Times, September 30, 2006
Project is Rediscovering California’s Historic Japantowns, Special Edition: Centennial of San Francisco Japantown, Nichi Bei Times, September 30, 2006