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Barbara Watanabe
808-585-8484
barbaraw@goforbroke.org

GO FOR BROKE TO HOST INTERVIEW TRAINING SESSION JUNE 19, INCLUDING SCREENING OF “A TRADITION OF HONOR” DOCUMENTARY

Event to Feature Special Guest Speaker, Wendy Hanamura, Producer/Director of “Honor Bound” Documentary

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 2, 2004) - In its continued effort to catalogue the stories of all of the living Japanese American World War II veterans through its Hanashi Oral History program, the Go For Broke Educational Foundation will host a free, volunteer training session on June 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The session appeals to those interested in participating as a volunteer crew member with Hanashi, providing interview techniques and video camera operation/audio recording techniques from experts in the oral history and television production fields.

In addition to providing volunteer training, the gathering will also feature guest speaker Wendy Hanamura, a San Francisco-based journalist turned documentary filmmaker who upon discovering her father’s experiences as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in World War II, was compelled to produce the moving documentary “Honor Bound.” Hanamura will recount the genesis of her film and importance of preserving the Nisei veteran’s legacy. In addition, she will facilitate a session on how to interview Japanese Americans and recognize cultural nuances that are important to the interview process. Craig Yahata, co-founder of the Hanashi program and producer/director of the Go For Broke Educational Foundation’s “A Tradition of Honor” documentary will facilitate the session on video/audio operation techniques.

The training will conclude with a special screening of “A Tradition Of Honor,” that features 40 oral histories from the Hanashi archive and chronicling the story of the segregated Japanese American units from World War II, the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service.

The training session is being sponsored by UPS and begins promptly at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:30. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Please RSVP by June 14 as space is limited and lunches must be ordered. Contact Steven Itano Wasserman, Hanashi Program Coordinator, at (310) 222-5705 or hanashi@goforbroke.org to RSVP and for more information.

The Go For Broke Educational Foundation institutes educational programs focused on the heroism and history of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II, as well as the forced evacuation and incarceration of Japanese American and civil liberties issues raised by those events. Currently the Educational Foundation’s programs include An American Story teacher training workshops and curriculum development, Hanashi Oral History Program, and select media projects. For more information, go to www.GoForBroke.org.

In 1989 Japanese American World War II veterans established the 100th/442nd/MIS WWII Memorial Foundation to build the Go For Broke Monument as an eternal tribute to the heroics of the segregated Japanese American units: 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, MIS (Military Intelligence Service) and the many other men and women who served overseas during World War II. The Monument is located in downtown Los Angeles at Temple and Alameda streets.

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