Our Mission

Our mission is to educate current and future generations about the extraordinary legacy of American WWII soldiers of Japanese ancestry in order to promote equality and justice.

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An American Story

We share the extraordinary stories and lessons of the Japanese American soldiers who served during World War II.

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The latest from the NVN

Join the #IAmAmerican Campaign
To support #StopAsianHate, NVN invites you to share your #IAmAmerican story today. What does being an American mean to you?
NVN High School Video Contest Winner
Watch the winning video of NVN High School Video Contest sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, Rina Iwata from Katy, Texas.
NVN curriculum featured in Smithsonian Magazine
Read about NVN/Smithsonian APAC curriculum in Smithsonian Magazine’s What’s Missing from Classrooms When Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices Aren’t Included?
Tec 4 Takako Kusunoki
Our latest blog celebrates Women’s History Month by highlighting Tec 4 Takako Kusunoki, a veteran of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II.
NVN NextGen: Gary Uchida
View the second episode in our NVN NextGen series, featuring two students discussing Gary Uchida’s travel bag with Paul Morando, Chief of Exhibits at the National Museum of the U.S. Army.
NVN NextGen Virtual Series
We are excited to launch NVN NextGen: A conversational virtual series where the next generation of Japanese Americans learn about their WWII heritage through historical objects.
Curriculum Announcement
Our new school curriculum developed in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is now available. Read the article shared by Teaching Tolerance in their fall 2020 magazine to educators nationwide.
Virtual Series
Veterans Day 2020 we are launching our Nisei Soldier Objects Virtual Series with the National Museum of the U.S. Army. We are seeking 9 youth family members of Japanese American WWII soldiers to join us live. Click to apply!
Social Media
Gary Uchida’s travel bag documenting his experience with the 100th Infantry Battalion is featured in the National Museum of the United States Army Curator’s Corner series.
Social Media
Read our Q&A interview with Floyd Mori who shares his perspective of Freedom in the context of the Japanese American WWII experience.
Social Media
Late Senator Daniel K. Inouye recounts his experience as a Japanese American at a barbershop after WWII.
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Enoch Kanaya, 442nd RCT, talks about the Gothic Line. Collaboration with Pritzker Military Museum and Library.
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The NVN recognizes its 10th Anniversary.
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A docushort on the American story of the Japanese American WWII soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal.

Our Impact

Inspired and engaged more than
18 million people
across the country & around the world

Our Work

Museum Exhibition

Visit the special exhibition dedicated to the Japanese American WWII soldiers at the new National Museum of the United States Army.

Curriculum

Download our newly created elementary and middle school curriculum, created in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Digital Exhibition

Visit the digital exhibition created in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, honoring the life stories of 12 different soldiers who served during World War II.

Nisei Video Contest

A video contest for high school students asked to interpret and share the Nisei soldier experience. Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.

#IAmAmerican Campaign

A social media campaign encouraging other veterans and families to share their stories of what it means to be an American.

White House Visits

Since the inception of the NVN, veterans of the 100th, 442nd and MIS have been invited to the White House where they were recognized for their military service.

They Were All American

American Soldiers of Japanese Ancestry delivered a powerful lesson in citizenship during World War II. Their values – loyalty, courage, patriotism – are timeless statements about being American. Rising above fear and prejudice, they wrote an unrivaled battle history that remains legendary, even today. It’s an American story for the ages.

– General Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Army (Retired)
Incarcerated after Pearl Harbor, they fought bravely in World War II.

After Pearl Harbor, anti-Japanese hysteria in America reached a fever pitch. Executive order 9066 created military zones in Hawaii and on the West Coast. People of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and herded into camps. They lost homes, businesses and personal belongings. Conditions in the camps were abysmal. Nevertheless, thousands of young men volunteered to fight for America.

66 years later, Congress recognized them with a Congressional Gold Medal.

They joined the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. These units played crucial roles in European combat and decoding Japanese communications. They proved that, in America, shared values, not ancestry, determine allegiances. More than six decades later, Congress recognized their achievements with a Congressional Gold Medal. This is their story.

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