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History Day award winner -- Bainbridge Island: A Close-Knit Community's Tragedy and Triumph by Jack Hanley

Jack Hanley, a Junior at Seattle Prep, won first place in the Senior Division of the 2007 History Day competition with this essay on Bainbridge Island's Japanese American internment.

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History Day award winner -- Hirabayashi v. United States by Kylie Heintzelman

Kylie Heintzelman was a 10th Grade student at Mt. Spokane High School when she won the HistoryLink.org award for her Senior Division Paper in the 2011 state competition for National History Day. Her a...

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International District / Chinatown Branch, The Seattle Public Library

Located at 713 8th Avenue S in the International District Village Square II, the International District/Chinatown Branch, The Seattle Public Library, opened on June 11, 2005. Financed by the "Librarie...

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International District Tour

This is a tour of Seattle's International District. Also available as a printable walking tour (PDF format). It was prepared by Walt Crowley and produced by Chris Goodman and Marie McCaffrey. Presente...

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Japanese Americans in Seattle and King County

For more than a hundred years, Japanese Americans have made significant contributions to the commercial, cultural, and social history of Seattle and King County. Early immigrants arrived just before t...

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Japanese Castaways of 1834: The Three Kichis

The first Japanese known to have visited what is now Washington arrived in a dismasted, rudderless ship that ran aground on the northernmost tip of the Olympic Peninsula sometime in January 1834. The ...

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Japanese Community in the San Juan Islands, 1880-1942

A few Japanese immigrants arrived in the San Juan Islands late in the nineteenth century to work in fish canneries; seasonal employment was arranged by Seattle labor contractors and not until 1917 did...

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Japanese Farming

Most early Japanese immigrants to the Pacific Northwest came to work in the labor-intensive industries of timber, railroad construction, fish processing, and agriculture. As they became more settled t...

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Japanese Immigration to the Puget Sound Region

Japanese immigrants began arriving in the Puget Sound area in the 1890s to work in the labor-intensive industries of railroad construction, logging, mining, fish processing, and agriculture. The Immig...

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Jean Kurosaka Sano: War, Peace, and Friendship

The eventful life of Jean Kurosaka Sano, a Japanese American from Seattle who became a close friend of Joe and Ruth Caldbick soon after they moved to the city from rural Northern Ontario in 1929, is t...

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Jing Chuan Ling remembers her father's Chinese apothecary in Tacoma's Japantown neighborhood and the disappearance of her Japanese playmates and neighbors in the 1942 incarceration

Given Tacoma's expulsion of Chinese immigrants in 1885 and the resulting lack of a Chinatown in the city, it's perhaps surprising to find the existence of a Chinese apothecary in the Columbus Hotel in...

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King County Landmarks: Mukai Agricultural Complex (1910), Vashon, Vashon Island

Address: 18005-18017 107th Avenue SW, Vashon, Vashon Island. The Mukai family played a pioneering role in developing technologies that made it possible to sell strawberries in distant markets. The Muk...

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