The first issue of the Tessaku magazine, detailing the events and major life upheaval of my father and grandparents as they were moved from their home in San Francisco to Topaz and Tule Lake. This issue shares the oral history of my father; a detailed timeline with documents of my grandparents’ struggle for their dignity inside a prison; the transcription of my grandfather’s redress commission testimony; and the history of the original Tessaku, published inside Tule Lake.
Full color, 78 pages.
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Wear your commitment to preserving stories on your coat, lapel, or tote! This is Tessaku’s vibrant logo made into a wearable enamel pin, a perfect conversation starter about this ever-important history.
Tessaku’s second publication, “The Art of Resilience” highlights the creativity maintained by Japanese American painters, writers, poets, and singers despite their incarceration. This issue includes interviews and stories from MIS veteran and talented sketch artist, Masao (Tom) Inada, watercolorist Harry Yoshizumi, the Songbird of Manzanar Mary Nomura, Issei poet Akira Togawa, and Yonsei playwright, Sam Hamashima.
62 pages, full color