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Mitsui, Sam: "Good Things Grow From Horse Manure": A Speech to the Seattle Rotary Club

Sam Mitsui (1926-2019) gave this speech to the Rotary Club of Seattle at the 5th Avenue Theatre on November 9, 2005. Mitsui is a member of the Nisei Veterans Committee of Seattle, Washington. His spee...

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Mizukami, Robert Taro (1922-2010)

Robert "Bob" Taro Mizukami (1922-2010) was a Japanese American World War II veteran, recipient of a Purple Heart, and member of the founding city council (1957) of Fife, where his family owned and ope...

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Mukai, Masahiro (1911-1999)

Masahiro (Masa) Mukai was born on Vashon Island in 1911. Along with his father, he pioneered strawberry farming on the island by introducing new methods of freezing berries for sales nationwide and ov...

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Nakashima Family and their Snohomish County Farm

Tracy Tallman contributed this People's History account of the family of Kamezo (1883-1975) and Miye Nakashima and their Snohomish County farm. Kamezo and Miye Nakashima were among the earliest Japane...

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Namkung, Johsel (1919-2013)

Seattle-based photographer Johsel Namkung was born in Korea and schooled as a musician. His photographs, sharp-focused studies of nature, convey more than visual information. They carry a mood that co...

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Nikkei Concerns (Seattle)

Nikkei Concerns is a Seattle nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of the elderly Japanese American community in the Pacific Northwest. Its services are founded on quality care, respect, tru...

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Nisei Linguists from Washington in World War II

United States military efforts in the Pacific theater during World War II were significantly aided by Japanese-speaking members of the U.S. Military Intelligence Service, nearly all of them second gen...

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Nishitani, Martha (1920-2014)

Martha Nishitani was a Seattle modern dance teacher and choreographer, and one of the leading proponents of modern dance in the Pacific Northwest. Her University District studio was a fixture of Seatt...

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Reliance Hospital (Seattle)

The Reliance Hospital was the first and only hospital in Seattle built primarily to serve a Japanese immigrant clientele. It opened in 1913 at 416 1/2 12th Avenue S and continued in operation until 19...

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Sakamoto, James (1903-1955)

Born in Seattle, James Y. Sakamoto became one of the leaders of the local and national Japanese American community during the critical era just before and after the start of World War II. He was a fou...

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Samoan Community (Seattle)

The first wave of Samoan immigrants arrived in Seattle after World War II. Many new arrivals had worked on the naval base in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, which closed with the end of the ...

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Sano, Jean Kurosaka: 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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Santos, Robert "Bob" Nicholas (1934-2016)

Bob Santos, born and raised in Seattle's Chinatown-International District, spent most of his life as an activist in his old neighborhood -- saving it, nurturing it, defending it against outside threat...

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Santos, Robert "Bob," Oral History, Part 1: A Kid in the International District, Civil Rights Fights, and the Alaska Cannery-Worker Campaign

Bob Santos (1934-2016), born and raised in Seattle's Chinatown-International District, spent most of his life as an activist in his old neighborhood -- saving it, nurturing it, defending it against ou...

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Santos, Robert "Bob," Oral History, Part 2: Preserving a Neighborhood, Building a Community Business, Providing Health Care

Bob Santos (1934-2016), born and raised in Seattle's Chinatown-International District, spent most of his life as an activist in his old neighborhood -- saving it, nurturing it, defending it against ou...

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Santos, Robert "Bob," Oral History, Part 3: A Stab at Politics, Working for HUD, Sheltering the Homeless, Stopping Bad Ideas, Seeking Economic Diversity

Bob Santos (1934-2016), born and raised in Seattle's Chinatown-International District, spent most of his life as an activist in his old neighborhood -- saving it, nurturing it, defending it against ou...

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Santos, Robert "Bob," Oral History, Part 4: The "Gang of Four" and What It Accomplished, Writing a Book, Winning over Foes, and a Few Regrets

Bob Santos (1934-2016), born and raised in Seattle's Chinatown-International District, spent most of his life as an activist in his old neighborhood -- saving it, nurturing it, defending it against ou...

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Seattle Neighborhoods: Chinatown-International District -- Thumbnail History

Although Seattle's Chinatown-International District has been disrupted several times by measures that have suppressed the Asian American community, it has persisted as an important neighborhood for ne...

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Shu, Dr. Ruby Inouye (1920-2012)

Dr. Ruby Inouye Shu was the first Japanese American woman physician in Seattle and an icon in the local Japanese community. Her general practice was in Seattle’s Nihonmachi or Japan...

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Southeast Asian Americans

Never in the history of the United States have so many people come from the same region in so short a time under such dire circumstances as did the Southeast Asian refugees in the decade after 1975. O...

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Southeast Seattle ZIP Code 98118: Neighborhood of Nations

It's been said that the 98118 ZIP code in Southeast Seattle is the most diverse in the United States. The claim is not quantifiably true, although it's easy enough to believe. Successive waves of newc...

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Spokane Neighborhoods: Old Chinatown -- Trent Alley -- Thumbnail History

From the 1880s through the 1940s, a bustling Chinatown -- or to be more accurate, an international district -- thrived in downtown Spokane. It began in the 1880s mostly as a stopping point for Chinese...

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Spokane's Japanese Community

Japanese immigrants first arrived in Eastern Washington during the late 1800s and early 1900s, mostly as railroad workers and mine laborers. Many went back to Japan when the work ran out, yet a signif...

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Suzuki, Pat: The Seattle Years (1955-1958)

Pat Suzuki (b. 1930), a vibrant Japanese American singer, wowed the town like few other local stars had during her three-year mid-1950s run headlining The Colony, a downtown Seattle supper club. Her i...

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