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Dana Ogo Shew

Dana Ogo Shew is the Oral Historian at the Anthropological Studies Center of Sonoma State University. She received her Master’s Degree in archaeology from the University of Denver where she completed a master’s thesis focused on the experience of women at Colorado’s WWII Japanese American concentration camp, Amache. She has also participated in archaeological field work at Topaz, Utah and Kooskia, the WWII Japanese work camp in Idaho. Her role as an oral historian allows her to continue exploring her academic and research interests in Japanese American history. She is currently working on an oral history project documenting the history of Japanese American floral industry families in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a descendant of former Topaz detainees she also has a personal interest in the WWII Japanese American experience and a commitment to continue learning, sharing, and preserving this important part of American history.