Tell Your Story

We seek to collect Nisei stories while we still can.  We encourage you to write your own family story or to participate in a collaborative process to help us gather first-hand stories from the Nisei of the incarceration during World War II, the resettlement that followed, and the imprint left on the next generation.

We welcome stories, poems, essays, and other narrative forms for posting in our collection. If you are interested in submitting, please contact us first with a short description.  We would like to be as supportive as possible in the process.  We reserve the right to determine the content of Collecting Nisei Stories website and may contact you with suggested revisions.

The posting can be 750 to 2,000 words in length and submitted as Microsoft Word documents.  We encourage the addition of historic photos or scanned artifacts to add a visual component to the narrative.  Please submit photos in jpg format and provide us with appropriate photo credit (donor, photographer, date) and suggested caption.  We ask that permission for use of all photos submitted be arranged prior to submission.

We also request a brief 3-5 line biography and head shot photo of writer.

Thank you for your interest in Collecting Nisei Stories!  We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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In the aftermath of World War II, more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry – roughly two-thirds of whom were American citizens – were released from forced imprisonment in U.S. concentration camps. But released to return where, after being taken from their homes along the West Coast? When they were finally allowed to leave the internment camps, they faced a new challenge: How do you resume a life so interrupted.
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