What does it cost?
Schedule an Omoide presentation for free! There is no charge for these presentations, thanks to funding from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) with a Washington Civil Liberties grant.
What is the process of the Omoide Project?
Preparation & Provided Texts: Educators receive source document texts (listed below) to aid with their lesson plans. Each teacher receives a copy free copy of the Omoide book and a reader's guide. A free copy of Omoide will also be given to the schools' library.
•Executive Order 9066 •The Bill of Rights •General DeWitt’s Notice to Persons of Japanese Ancestry •Civil Liberties Act of 1988 •Two-page handout which feature three stories that cover different aspects of the incarceration experiences
Presentation: The Omoide Team will be available to visit classrooms to present their books, photographic artifacts and personal / family stories about the incarceration period. The team will conduct small group discussions to help the students reflect on the book and presentation as a whole, as well as receive feedback.
Post Presentation: Presentations are excellent source material for the CBA projects. The Omoide Team is open to receiving essays from the students.
Teacher Requirement: The only requirement that we ask of the teachers is to evaluate the Omoide Team’s presentation and interaction with the class as a whole.
When is the Omoide Team available?
The Omoide Team is currently taking requests for classroom and teacher workshop presentations.
How long is the Omoide presentation?
The Omoide presentation can be tailored to fit a regular class period or an additional amount of time as needed.
Where does the Omoide Team present?
Schools in Eastern and Western Washington: Funded by the OSPI grant in 2006, Omoide’s funding was renewed for 2007 to expand statewide, beyond Puget Sound to provide classroom presentations and educator workshops.
What presentation experience does the Omoide Team have?
In 2006, the Omoide Project introduced 350 students, 60 teachers and 200 members of the general public to the authors’ personal accounts their families’ incarceration, opening dialog about constitutional rights, World War II, Japanese American culture, the experience of immigrants in the US, family values, multi-cultural issues and more.
- Educator Workshops: Omoide: Childhood Memories Educator Workshops delve into the historic and political context of WWII and the incarceration in greater detail than the student presentations.
- Public Presentations: The Omoide Team welcomes the opportunity to present to the general public as well as to educational institutions.
Who is on the Omoide Team?
Janet Baba - Incarcerated with her family from 1942-1945 at Portland Assembly Center, Oregon; Minidoka War Relocation Authority, Idaho and Tule Lake War Relocation Authority, California.
Dee Goto - Dee’s family was one of the 100 dairy farmers in Kent, supplying half of Seattle’s milk supply around 1920. They were run out of the business and started over in row crop farming in the 1930s, moving 500 miles east to Eastern Oregon/Idaho where Dee was born in 1939. She was not sent to camp, because she was outside the 400 mile restricted zone, although Japanese Americans outside of camps had their own issues.
Atsushi (Ats) Kiuchi - Incarcerated with his family from 1942-1945 at Puyallup and Minidoka.
We are currently looking to expand our Omoide writing team. If you are interested in helping to organize and assist with the Omoide presentations, please contact the office.
Phone: (206) 568-7114
*Omoide IV is a project of the Nikkei Heritage Association of Washington