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The Silent Fair

The Silent Fair tells the story of the "Puyallup Assembly Center" through the recollections of nine individuals who ranged in age from four to eighteen at the time. Funding was provided by the Kip Tokuda  Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) of Washington State.

Here is a short trailer:


Those sharing their memories were:

Mary Tanaka Abo

James Akagi

Victor "Junks" Ikeda

Louise Tsuboi Kashino

Shiogi "Stogie: Kawabata

Choichi "Cho" Shimizu

George "Joker" Shimizu

Elsie Yotsuuye Taniguchi

Shokichi "Shox" Tokita

Introducing the video is Kent Hojem, past CEO of the Washington State Fair.

Providing current perspectives and relevance to future generations are

Bev Kashino, Sansei (third generation) and Sean Ohashi, Yonsei (fourth generation.

Representing the non-Japanese who supported their friends and neighbors, demonstrating a Profound Act of Kindness is the Orton family of Puyallup. Fred Orton shared his grandparents' and parents' stories.

The video is now available on YouTube :

If you are a teacher or student interested in the classroom activity booklet which was written to accompany the video, please reach out to 

Puyallup Valley JACL           OR    Eileen Yamada Lamphere

P.O. Box 5323                       

Kent, WA  98064

For further information about teacher workshops or student tours, please fill out the form below with your inquiries in the "Message" field below. 

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Stogie Kawabata, Victor Ikeda, Sean Ohashi, Fred Orton, Mary Abo, Cho Shizimu, Elsie Taniguchi

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