The Japanese American Medical Association Life History Project was started in 2002 with funding from the California Civil
Liberties Public Education Program in conjunction with the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the Japanese American National
Museum. This project sought to tell the stories of a generation of Nisei, second generation Japanese Americans, physicians
who directed health care while interned in concentration camps during World War II.
Silent Scars of Healing Hands: Oral Histories of Japanese American Doctors in World War II Detention Camps is written by oral historian Gwenn Jensen, PhD., and writer Naomi Hirahara. This collection contains writing documents of
the publication and transcripts and various media copies of photographs and interviews.
The Japanese American Medical Association (JAMA) was created in 1947 to promote and maintain a social, cultural, scientific
and educational exchange of information and experiences among its members. It originally served its members in the social
and professional capacity, as Japanese Americans were typically not included in hospital privileges in the postwar era. JAMA
represents more than fifty-five specialties within the Southern California area, primarily the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside
counties. JAMA is recognized as a tax-exempt charitable organization and sponsors a scholarship program, Hiroshima A-bomb
survivor care and projects like Silent Scars of Healing Hands.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Hirasaki
National Resource Center at the Japanese American National Museum (email@example.com).