Date: May 12, 2021 to May 12, 2021
Where: Cincinnati, Cincinnati,, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States, 45202
Event Type: Other
Ticket Price: N/A
Join Cincinnati native Denny Kato, born to Japanese-American parents who arrived in Cincinnati after their release from a WWII incarceration camp, as he discusses the lives of early Japanese settlers in Cincinnati and shares his personal story of growing up in Cincinnati during a period when there were very few residents from any Asian country. Denny will be joined by Japanese-American panelists Gordon Yoshikawa and Betty (Tamura) Breyer. -About the Presenters- Born and raised in Cincinnati, Denny Kato is a third generation Japanese-American, or Sansei. He graduated from Walnut Hills High School and received a BA from the University of Cincinnati. After a stint in the US Army in military intelligence, Denny spent most of his working career in restaurant management. Over the past seven or so years, Denny and wife, Janet have devoted much of their energy and time researching the history of the Japanese incarceration of WWII. What started out as search for more information on the incarceration of his parents' families, turned into a quest to learn as much as possible about the internment and relocation of the Japanese and Japanese-Americans. Janet and Denny have visited all ten of the internment camps from WWII and the memorial at the Santa Fe location of the Department of Justice camp where his paternal grandfather was imprisoned. Denny gave a presentation on the camps to a class at the Art Institute of Cincinnati. This past October he also hosted an eight-hour lecture series webinar on the camps for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at the University of South Florida and is scheduled to conduct this same webinar in July/August. Denny and Janet are members of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Japanese American National Museum, Densho, Heart Mountain Foundation, Amache Preservation Society, and of course, Japan American Society of Greater Cincinnati.