Island Crossroads – Vashon Japanese Internment

May 15th, 2017 by Eric Pryne


On May 16, 2017, Vashon commemorates a solemn anniversary.

Exactly 75 years earlier, 126 Japanese-American island residents reported to what is
now Ober Park, where they were loaded into military trucks to begin a journey that
would take them to government “internment”camps for up to three years. Their crime:
Being Japanese. Find out about the 75th anniversary ceremony, and about what
happened to Vashon’s Japanese-Americans before, during and after World War II, on
“Island Crossroads.”

Host: Eric Pryne. Guests: Bruce Haulman, Alice Larson and Joe
Okimoto of the Vashon Japanese American Research Project.

Recorded: May 15, 2017