Tanforan: From Race Track to Assembly Center (film)

Title Tanforan: From Race Track to Assembly Center
Date 1994
Genre Documentary
Director Dianne Fukami
Producer Dianne Fukami; Donald Young; KCSM-TV
Narrator Jan Yanehiro
Starring Maya Nagata Aikawa; George & Michiko Uchida; Tomoye Takahashi; Hid Kashima; Sox Kitashima; Dave Tatsuno; Yoneo Kawakita; Hiro Katayama; Sachi Kajiwara; Sugar Hirabayashi; Hiro Fujii; Yo Kasai; Chizu Togasaki; Tomoko Kashiwagi; Toru Saito; Jan Matsuoka
Runtime 57 minutes

Documentary film on Tanforan, a former horse racing track that became the site of a wartime "assembly center" for incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II. The film includes interviews with many former inmates of Tanforan, some of whom lived in what were once horse stalls, including Maya Nagata Aikawa, George and Michiko Uchida, Tomoye Takahashi, Hid Kashima, Sox Kitashima, Dave Tatsuno, Yoneo Kawakita, Hiro Katayama, Sachi Kajiwara, Sugar Hirabayashi, Hiro Fujii, Yo Kasai, Chizu Togasaki, Tomoko Kashiwagi, Toru Saito, and Jan Matsuoka. Tanforan was produced by KCSM, a San Mateo, California based public television station as part of The New Americans series and was directed by Dianne Fukami. Funders for the film included the Chevron Corporation and the Ray and Peggy Daba Fund.

Authored by Brian Niiya