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9th grade filmmaker Matthew Shimura wins C-SPAN video competition for documentary about Japanese American Internment

From my Nikkei View blog: Nice work by a 9th grader in Honolulu who produced an 8-minute documentary about Japanese American internment during WWII, inspired by his uncle’s imprisonment at Manzanar.

This terrific website about the Amache internment camp in Colo. is run by high school students

The Amache Preservation Society is a group of students at Granada High School in southeast Colorado, close to the Kansas border. John Hopper, a teacher at the school (and a true hero), helped form the Society from a class he taught, where students volunteered to restore the site of the WWII concentration camp where Japanese Americans were interned. They’ve done incredible great work, and now they have a very well-done website about Amache and the museum they’ve built.