Join Maiya in support of Working to Digitize and Translate A Japanese Language Historical Newspaper
I’m raising money to digitize the historic Japanese language newspaper, North American Times and North American Post. Each $25 will allow us to scan 250 pages of the historic issues starting in 1902. My goal is to raise $500, which will be matched 166% by the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce!
You can contribute any amount, no amount is too small.
Two years ago I was the new student intern with the Hokubei Hochi Foundation and was selected for a trip to Japan.
Since then, I’ve declared International Studies and Japanese literature majors at the University of Washington, become part of The North American Post staff, and am now coordinating the Hokubei Hochi Foundation’s archive project! I find myself these days at meetings discussing how to translate Japanese unique characters using American software.
Through the Digital Archive Project, I have been able to work together with all generations of Japanese Americans, international students, professors, and state and university librarians. Though I didn’t grow up in the Seattle area, I’ve developed a personal connection to the local Japanese American experience and history.
It’s been an exciting experience! I feel extraordinarily lucky to be part of this project as a college student. From my own research, I know what a valuable resource a North American Post Archive could be.
It has brought home to me the importance of history, community and the press and has inspired me to continue to my own involvement which I hope to take to Japan later this year upon my graduation.
I hope the Digital Archive Project will be just as rewarding and educational to the public as it has been for me.
Thank you for your support!
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About the Hokubei Hochi Foundation
The Hokubei Hochi Foundation’s mission is to promote and preserve the news, history, and culture of the Nikkei (Japanese American) and Japanese community through educational and cultural programs in the Pacific Northwest.
The foundation’s vision is for a vibrant Nikkei and Japanese community and the broader community to be connected and engaged through relevant news and enriching programs.
Want to read about the impact of this community newspaper history to a young student in Seattle? Read: http://www.napost.com/2013/06/27/my-discovery-with-nikkei-heritage.
Check out a sampling of pages already scanned and uploaded on the U.W. website: http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/search/collection/nap
Below is a sampling of the interesting newspaper titles in 1946. All these titles and articles will be accessible online through this project:
・United States Diplomacy Against Soviet Union. Soviet Union Will Not be Able to Fight
・Let’s Contribute to Humanity’s Situation. Relieving Refugees at Borderline Starvation
・School Farewell. Young Nisei Leaving Home.
・Seven Million Allied War Prisoners Remain Interned
・Reflecting Trends in the Japanese Communist Party through the Eyes of Americans
・Meeting Refugees to Extend a Hand to Fellow countrymen tepid homeland