Oral History Studio

Share Your Story.

The Oral History Studio is a private space within the exhibition where visitors are invited to record their personal stories or reflections. An Alphawood Gallery staff member is available to interview visitors who are willing to share oral histories or thoughts related to the themes and questions posed by Then They Came for Me. Equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video recording equipment, the studio is available by walk-in (during scheduled hours) or by appointment. We encourage advance appointments, which can be scheduled using the form below. Once recordings are processed, they will be archived and, if individual permission is granted, potentially made public on the Alphawood Gallery website. We hope you will consider sharing your story with us!

Kazuko May Fujishima

When Kazuko May Fujishima’s family learned about the evacuation orders, her father purchased three large trunks. She explains how he filled them with the family’s valuables, and left them with a trusted family friend. “We were lucky,” she explains, as many families who did the same did not receive their valuables back after the war.

Gary K. Hasegawa

“I think that in a strange way, the experience toughened us up…But I certainly would not want this to happen to anybody else, to anybody.” Gary Kenji Hasegawa discusses the impacts that the camps had on his parents and his family.

Helen Ideno

When Helen Ideno was an infant, she and her family were sent to live in a horse stable at Santa Anita racetrack before being transferred to Amache concentration camp. By the time Helen was a high school student, she found that there was no mention of the camps in her history textbooks. She describes how, in 1958, the principal at Marshall High School in Chicago censored her speech as valedictorian when she referenced her family’s experiences during World War II.

Stephen T. Saka

Stephen Tomoji Saka, who was ten years old and living in Los Angeles when World War II broke out, recalls some of the immediate impacts of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Stephen T. Saka (continued)

“I’ve been using that name ever since.” When Stephen (Tomoji) Saka left Manzanar to meet his older sister in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she advised him and his two brothers to use their Christened names instead of their Japanese names.

Mary F. Taira

Mary Taira, whose photograph is displayed in the exhibition, describes the events that took place after the photograph was taken. Her family was removed from their home in Los Angeles, California and detained in Santa Anita racetrack. They were later transferred to Amache concentration camp in Grenada, Colorado. The photograph was taken as her family was boarding the train to Santa Anita.

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Recording appointments may be requested within the following times: Wednesday from
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