“ON MY HONOR…” BILL SHISHIMA VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Directed by Fran Ito
With roots in El Pueblo, Los Angeles’ beginnings, Bill Shishima was incarcerated in Heart Mountain, WY before becoming a boy scout and raising the daily flag. His upbringing and camp experiences led him to become a leader in the Japanese American community as a president, teacher, docent, tour guide, and quintessential volunteer.
Fran Ito is a third generation Chinese American born on the island of Oahu. She majored in Business and Art in college. Fran came to California in 1950 currently makes her home in Los Angeles.
Steve Nagano is a recently retired computer teacher. He has worked on two California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLEP) grants and the “Stand Up For Justice” film project.
Co-Director: Steve Nagano
Writer: Fran Ito
Producer: Fran Ito
Editor: Steve Nagano
Shorts Programs / 107 minsVisual Communications' Digital Histories program engages the passion of our elders to tell their stories in movie form. This year the seniors transformed an illness into a triumphant narrative, unearthed a forgotten jazz club in Little Tokyo, and explored how the first Japanese American Buddhist Taiko group came to be. - Gary Gabisan
In This Program: ABANDONED FABRIC, THE ARTS DISTRICT WITHOUT ARTISTS, A CENTENARIAN PLUS SIX, DANCING THROUGH LITTLE TOKYO, THE FINALE CLUB, HOLIDAY BOWL, JEFF IMADA: BREAKING BARRIERS BY DESIGN, KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS, GIVING IS AN ADDICTION, NOTE TO SELF, “ON MY HONOR…” BILL SHISHIMA VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE, RAY ROCKS WITH HAIR, TAP, AND HIP-HOP, SAY YES TO YOUR HEART, TAIKO REFLECTIONS, THE TRAVELING RICE POT, WITHIN THE OPEN DOORS OF A SHINTO CHURCH IN BOYLE HEIGHTS