SF State Students Participate in NJAHS' Oral History Project
During the last school semester, thirteen San Francisco State
students participated in NJAHS' Oral History Project.
Student interviewers from Prof. Ben Kobashigawa's "Japanese
Americans in the U.S." course focused on Nisei and the
post-World war II period. Working in pairs, students conducted
two-hour oral histories and transcribed them. The
experience was beneficial for both the students and NJAHS.
"It was a chance to bring Japanese American history alive
for the students," Kobashigawa said. "It is
growing rarer these days to interview someone who experienced
camp as an adult. These stories must be put to paper so
the future generations will really know what happened and how
people made difficult decisions under trying
circumstances," added NJAHS Executive Director Rosalyn
Tonai. The interviews are now available to researchers at
the NJAHS oral history archives. Nisei who participated in
the project include sox Kitashima, Walter Funabiki, Mas
Kawaguchi, and Kenji Murase. Plans are underway to
continue the project in the near future.