Thanks to many organizations like Densho and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, the history of Japanese and Japanese Americans in America has come to light. Yet, there are still untold stories. Except for ship manifests, census reports, death certificates, and obituaries, the Japanese who settled in remote areas in Montana remain essentially unchronicled.
In this combination interview (with Bainbridge Island poet John Willson), poetry reading and slide show, Arlene Naganawa shares her impressions of what she’s excavated about her mother’s family, the Hatsukanos, who settled in Whitefish, MT around 1918.
Presented in partnership with the Bloedel Reserve Creative Residency Program and the Bainbridge Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library