Found in the Library: The Japanese American Experience in Tacoma

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Library materials reflect the historic Japanese American community in Tacoma.

On Friday, October 10, 2014, at 10am, the Japanese Language School Memorial will be unveiled on the Prairie Line Trail.  In conjunction with this event, the Library would like to highlight a number of unique resources from our collections that reflect the Japanese American experience in Tacoma.

Group Portrait from 1927

A very large reproduction of the group portrait of the Japanese Language School seen above can be found in the Library.  It is mounted on the wall behind the Reference Desk in the Snoqualmie Building.  The size and resolution of the photograph allow the viewer to see the faces of men, women, and children who participated in the school and formed the historic Japanese American community in Tacoma.

UW Tacoma Faculty Research Paper on Japanese Language School

“Tacoma's Japanese Language School: An Alternative Path to Citizenship and Belonging in Pre-WWII Urban America” by Lisa Hoffman, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Special Assistant for Community Engagement, was recently  published in Conflux, the UW Tacoma Urban Studies program’s occasional papers hosted by the UW Tacoma  Digital Commons.

Tacoma Community History Project Oral Histories

Joseph KosaiSeveral members of Tacoma’s Japanese American community were interviewed for the Tacoma Community History Project.  These oral history project were completed by UW Tacoma students and are available online in UW Digital Collections.

Books in the Local History Collection

In our local history section, also located in the Snoqualmie Building, there are several books about the Japanese Language School, available for check out:

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Written by: 
Justin Wadland / October 7, 2014
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jwadland@uw.edu
253-693-5741