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Here at Go For Broke National Education Center, we Remember, Educate & Inspire.


Far right: courtesy of Dr. Holly Lindsay.

We forever honor the Nisei Soldiers of World War II. The Go For Broke Monument in Los Angeles pays tribute to the Japanese Americans who served in the US Armed Forces during World War II to fight the enemy abroad and prejudice at home, to ensure a future of racial tolerance for their families and generations to come.

Go For Broke volunteer Richard Hawkins sits with veteran Masaru "Mas" Funai.

We preserve the life stories of veterans. The Hanashi Oral History Program is preserving the priceless recollections of Japanese American who served in World War II.


Courtesy of Gilbert T. Tanji and the family of Satoru Nakamura.

We share the veterans' stories. The National Digital Archives of Japanese American Military Service is the preeminent source of first-person materials, including a rich collection of oral histories, personal photos, and documents. These first-person portraits of life and war during that time are organized through Library of Congress Subject Headings and controlled vocabulary to serve as a vital bridge from the past as we gather the voices of Nisei veterans and their contemporaries, capturing a quickly fading first-hand portrait of World War II, and now of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.


Our new "Defining Courage" exhibition in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. Photo by Bernhard Mueller, Quatrefoil Associates.

We explore the meaning of courage. The Defining Courage exhibition is a hands-on thinking and creative center where visitors learn about the unique experiences of the Japanese American community during World War II, exploring its relevance to our lives today. Visitors walk away with the inspiration to change their world.

Far left: courtesy of Kimberly Suzuki and Stacey Hamagiwa.

We provide resources to inspire classrooms around the country. Our ever-expanding Educational Resource Collection for teachers, students and scholars brings to life a little-known chapter in 20th century American history. We offer ready-made lesson plans, historical narratives, audiovisual resources, reading lists and more. Learning about the Nisei veterans has never been easier or more engaging. Students today can learn to act with the same courage as the young Japanese Americans of World War II.

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