2008 National Conference » Events

Preserving a Historic Place: Nihonmachi in California and the Interior West

Sojin Kim, Curator of History, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Donna Graves, Project Director, Preserving California's Japantowns
Kara Miyagishima, Historian - Intermountain Region, National Park Service
Raymond Uno, Judge (Retired)

Topic: Defining, Preserving and Expanding the Community
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Mineral Hall B & C, 3rd Floor

California State Senate Bill 307, which provided funding for the historic and cultural preservation of California’s three major remaining Japantowns (San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles), described "Japantown" as being a community whose population, while not strictly bound by geography, is nonetheless bound to a geographical core. "Despite the physical relocation of its Japanese American resident-base, whether by choice or by government mandate," declared the SB307 Committee, "Japantown continues to be the cultural, historical, and spiritual center of the Japanese American community," an entity which is less clearly defined by its physical boundaries than its intangible "parameters of experience." This panel of historic preservationists reviews ongoing efforts to preserve more than 40 Japantown sites in California plus those serving Nikkei in Denver, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

JANM_EnduringCommunities_20080705-nihonmachi.mp3 (23.2 MB)