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Interactive Kiosk Explores Japanese-American Experience

in Coronado By Linda Canada, Executive Director Japanese Historical Society of San Diego

The Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD) has developed an information kiosk to help tell the history of Japanese Americans in the San Diego region. This fascinating interactive display now on view in the Coronado Museum of History & Art, will soon become part of the new exhibit, Coronado on the Frontline: 1942-45, opening in March. In addition to historic photographs and postcards, the kiosk contains poignant video clips from oral interviews with former Coronado residents Allan Koba, Motoo Tsuneyoshi and Akira Takeshita. An on-screen keyboard enables kiosk users to record their impressions and give feedback about what they have learned about Japanese Americans in Coronado. Seeing and hearing real people talk about their experiences growing up in Coronado personalizes history for anyone who uses the kiosk.

The Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD) was founded in 1992, by former internees of the Poston, Arizona relocation camp. These Japanese Americans were concerned that the stories of the hardships endured by their immigrant parents would be lost, and that future generations of Americans wouldn’t know about the internment camps and the impact being uprooted from their homes had upon an entire generation.

From top: Yoto Takeshita, Allan Koba, Shinobu Takeshita, Motoo Tsuneyoshi. Taken at 460 J Street, Coronado, the Tsuneyoshi home in the early 1940s

Cover photo of the women on the beach: Third from left, Mrs. Tsuneyoshi, Mrs. Koba, unknown, Mrs. Takeshita.

Museum Month returns in February. The San Diego Museum Council is once again preparing for its annual Museum Month promotion which makes half- price discount admission possible to 40 museums around San Diego County.

Specially printed cards that need to be presented to receive the discount at each museum may be picked up at any Macy’s store beginning February 1. Even though our Museum does not technically charge an admission (our admission is by donation), we participate in the promotion.

The event is promoted extensively at all Macy’s stores, on KPBS-FM and in the Union-Tribune and we benefit from the added exposure. We also encourage our members to take advantage of this opportunity to visit the many great museums in San Diego with the discounted admission.


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