The Nisei Veterans Committee, Nisei Veterans Committee Foundation welcomes author and photographer Shane Sato. Sato has just released his second book, “The Go For Broke Spirit – Portraits of Legacy,” and presents copies to the Seattle Nisei Veterans who are featured. They are Shig Otani, Fred Shiosaki, Mickey Hiroo, Roy Kirita, George Kozu, Shig Tanagi, and the late Jimmy Kanaya.
Photographer Shane Sato has spent 20 years documenting the stories of World War II Nisei veterans. Their courage and sacrifice on the battlefield is legendary. But most never spoke about it. Faced with anti-Asian sentiment after the war, they just wanted to blend in. Sato felt the veterans’ stories were too important to ignore. So, he set a goal to share their tales of heroism before they faded away. His stunning photography combined with the veterans’ personal reflections are contained in the book “The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Courage.”
The Nisei Veterans Hall has been a gathering place for decades, a place to socialize and build community. Now it can add historical museum to its list of offerings. Shannon Gee finds out how the Nisei Veterans Hall has grown from community center to educational resource.
For decades the Nisei Veterans` Hall has been a community gathering place, with one of the most popular events being afternoon dances for seniors. Now, the next generation is stepping up to keep the dances going while sharing the history and legacy of the Japanese American Veterans of World War Two.