The JA Basketball Oral History Project is a NBHA project to interview and record oral histories related to the history of Japanese American basketball. These oral histories will serve as the research foundation for an educational program that includes school curriculum, documentary, and other learning materials, that will help people better understand why Japanese American basketball is so unique and an integral part of Japanese American communities.
We are currently putting together a list of potential interviewees. Please contact us if you know anyone who played basketball before, during, and/or after World War II and would be willing to share stories about the role basketball played in his/her life and its significance on today’s Japanese American community.
We are also looking for an intern or volunteer who can help research old newspaper archives to gather names and information about Japanese American basketball history. Please contact us if you know anyone who would be interested in doing this type of research.