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Japanese on Vashon: A Rediscovered Presence

Mary, Heisuke, Mitsuni and Yunichi Matsuda, about 1935.
Mary, Heisuke, Mitsuni and Yunichi Matsuda, about 1935.

Creators of The Census Project, Alice Larson and Bruce Haulman, will talk about their census research project and what they are learning about Japanese residents of Vashon Island on Wednesday, June 18th at 7 p.m. at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust Building.  They will describe how they located the information that makes it possible to discover more about the Japanese populations here and what is revealed about these residents from their first appearance in the 1900 Vashon census through today. Further, they will speak of what they are doing to identify all the Japanese from Vashon who were interned or voluntarily exiled, where they went, and whether  they returned or not after the War.

Alice Larson, PhD, works with non-profits and government agencies throughout the country providing social service research design and development assistance.   She is an expert in data development and demographic analysis and a member of the Vashon College faculty.  Bruce Haulman, PhD, is a retired professor of History from Green River College, creator of the Vashon History website:, and a member of Vashon College faculty.  He is the author of Vashon-Maury Island Images of America (2011) and A Brief History of Vashon (2015 in press).  The pair recently received 4Culture funding through Friends of Mukai to support the next stage of this Project.
Everyone is welcome to the Friends of Mukai public program, a part of their annual meeting.  They will report on the organization’s activities and elect the 2014 Board of Directors.  .Friends of Mukai programs are supported by the 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.