Katarou Histories is a program designed to engage Nikkei youth(15-21years old) and adults in the preservation of Japanese American history in the San Fernando Valley through the sharing of personal stories. Katarou means “lets share stories” in Japanese and this is the primary purpose of Katarou Histories—to tell our stories for our communities across generations.
Through a series of interactive sessions, youth and adult participants will gain an understanding of identity and community and the importance of preserving the oral histories of the Japanese American community. As the torch is passed from the nisei and sansei generation to the yonsei and gosei, it becomes even more critical for youth to become invested in the community. Changes being made to our community now will effect these generations and their children for years to come. During workshops the younger participants will have a chance connect with the older generation on a one-on-one level and learn how to preserve stories. For their final project, the participants will have the opportunity to create an oral history video/multimedia project that will connect each individual project onto a larger Japanese American narrative.
2012 Katarou Histories Schedule
*Every Thursday night from 6-9PM with the exception of the Mid Session Retreat. Dates are subject to change* Most sessions will be held at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center (SFV) - 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima CA 91311
Session 1: June 14 - SFV JACC
Session 2: June 21 - SFV JACC
Session 3: June 28 - SFV JACC
Session 4: July 12 - SFV JACC
Mid Session Retreat: July 14-15 - TBD
Session 5: July 19 - SFV JACC
Session 6: July 26 - SFV JACC
Session 7: August 2 - SFV JACC
Session 8: August 9 - SFV JACC
Session 9: August 16 - SFV JACC
Culmination: August 23 - SFV JACC