HANASHI ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
"With Hanashi, I want others to have the opportunity to experience personally, the amazing story of Americans who didn't give up and earned respect and honor."
Richard Hawkins, Hanashi volunteer
The mission of the Hanashi Oral History Program is to preserve the "hanashi," or stories, of the Japanese American veterans who served in the U.S. military during World War II.
Hanashi is currently working to videotape interviews of the life stories of the veterans from the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and MIS (Military Intelligence Service), as well as other Nisei who served during World War II. As of 2012, Hanashi has videotaped over 1,300 interviews of veterans from across the United States.
To see a trailer of "A Tradition of Honor," produced with footage from the Hanashi Oral History Program interviews, click here.