Poston Mothers (and others)

The Poston Community Alliance is in the process of locating mothers who were interned at the Poston internment camp and their descendants for a documentary that they are producing called For the Sake of the Children.

Marlene Shigekawa, Producer, and the Director, Joe Fox met with Dr. G.W. Kimura, President & CEO of JANM, about a month ago. Dr. Kimura was intrigued by the approach of this film, which will in part tell the story of the interment through the eyes of the mothers who tried and succeeded, despite much hardship and tragedy, to give their children a sense of normalcy through this dark period of our collective history.  Additionally, this documentary will show the impact that the Poston internment camp experiences had on subsequent generations.

Joe and Marlene will be at JANM on Monday, September 24th and invite members of our community to come and meet with them. In particular, they are looking to speak to mothers who gave birth while at Poston and/or were raising small children (up to the age of 10) while in camp. They would like to speak with Nisei, Sansei, Yonsei and Gosei whose mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers or great-great grandmothers were interned at Poston.

There will be no filming done at JANM.   Rather Joe and Marlene just want to hear about your experiences.  They will be in the Education Center at 10:00 am and at 2:00 pm that day and look forward to seeing you.

This is a very important project, which JANM very much supports.  To view their work in progress go to:

For more information you may contact Marlene Shigekawa at or 510 290-1944.

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