of the Camps
Be a part of the national
Starting May 1999
local PBS station for dates & times)
The national broadcast of Children
of the Camps provides an unprecedented opportunity to encourage
millions of Americans to examine an infamous chapter in American
history, and to begin at last the healing process from the wounds
of racism suffered by Japanese Americans during WWII, as well
as all Americans.
"We must never
again allow institutionalized racism
Here are the ways you can help publicize Children of the Camps
and use the program in your community. Please do as much as you
to destroy the lives of our fellow citizens."
Ware, President, Sacramento Chapter, NAACP
Contact your PBS station .
station can be a valuable resource and an ally in local publicity
and outreach efforts.
- Confirm with your
local PBS station if and when it will broadcast Children of the
program will be offered to PBS affiliate stations to record via
PBS's National Programming Service on April 26th. Stations will
then decide whether and when they will air the program. Call
your local station. Encourage them to air it if they are not
yet planning to. Please let us know your station's broadcast
plans by calling or e-mailing us so we can publish that information
on our Web site and encourage local media to review the program.
- Ask the station
to work with you to hold a special preview event, where local
groups are invited to view the program in advance of broadcast and encouraged
to help publicize and use the broadcast. Contact the Outreach
Director at the station. Help the station come up with a list
of groups to invite (college and university, church, health professional,
JACL, etc.). At the preview event, encourage groups to promote
the program to their members and plan a group viewing or other
events. Hand out copies of press releases.
- Call the station's
program guide editor and ask him/her to feature Children of the
Camps, the Documentary, in their printed guide or on their Web
site (a program logo is available on the PBS web site). Tell them they can get a
sample article about Children of the Camps from the Children
of the Camps Web site (see below), and a special Web site "button"
from PBS Online. Also ask them to consider doing a profile of
a local individual that was interned in one of the internment
camps, or a local organization that exhibits internment artifacts
or artwork, or a local oral histories organization.
- Consider buying
underwriting time on your local NPR station. On many NPR stations a group or individual
can get low-cost 15-second underwriting spots that will permit
you to mention your group name and the fact that you are helping
to publicize the broadcast of Children of the Camps, including
the exact broadcast times. Contact your local station for guidelines
the broadcast . . .
There are many
different ways to help get the word out about the broadcast.
- Announce the broadcast
and Children of the Camps Web site in your group's newsletter
Use the press release on this site to write an article. Include
the details on your local station and broadcast times, and any
events you may have planned around the broadcast.
- Use the Internet
(e-mail, Web sites, listservs, user groups, etc.) to publicize
the broadcast and any activities you or your group may have planned
Send e-mail messages to your group's members, your friends, family,
et al. (see the following sample). Post announcements on newsgroups
or listservs you may be a part of. Keep messages short and to
the point, and personalize them as much as possible. Timing the
delivery of your message is important so people don't forget.
The week prior to broadcast is probably best (unless you are
inviting people to a group viewing.) Ask recipients to forward
the message on to everyone they know that has e-mail, so it has
a multiplying effect that could reach many thousands. If you
have a Web site, please include a notice on your site about the
broadcast, with a link to the Children of the Camps site at www.pbs.org/childofcamp.
E-mail Announcement (copy,
adapt and send):
wanted to make sure you tuned in to the upcoming national broadcast
on PBS of a new documentary with great relevance to us all.
Titled Children of
the Camps, this powerful documentary program is the first to
share the experiences and long internalized anger, grief and
shame felt by Americans of Japanese ancestry who were innocent
children when interned in U.S. concentration camps during World
War II. It also presents some ideas for how we can begin to talk
to each other and our children about the experiences of those
who were interned in camps and come to a better understanding
of how this trauma manifests itself in all of us, after over
50 years of silence.
Children of the Camps will air beginning in May of 1999 on most
PBS stations (check your local listings to fill in your local
I'm inviting people over for a group viewing to talk about the
program and what we can each do. We'll get together at (time)
at my place at (address). Please come join me, or plan your own
You can visit the Children of the Camps Web site at http://www.pbs.org/childofcamp
to learn more about the program, the broadcast schedule, get
a viewer's guide, provide feedback on the documentary and find
related Internet sites.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD BY SENDING THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU
KNOW. AND DON'T FORGET TO WATCH!"
the program to motivate . . .
take the first steps to a better understanding of the Japanese
American experience during World War II and its ongoing impact.
- Have a group or
family viewing and encourage others to do the same. A group or family viewing
in your home or other setting allows people to discuss the program,
the documentary's impact on their lives, and what each person
can do. Make the group viewing simple, comfortable, and meaningful.
Have a potluck or dessert and tea. Be sure to use the enclosed
viewer's guide, which includes sample discussion points and lists
of resources and groups.
- Host a community
Use a local church or meeting hall to invite people from your
group or a variety of groups. Again, the viewer's guide will
be helpful to focus discussion. The event can also be used to
plan follow-up activities in the community. If the broadcast
time isn't convenient, order a video copy of Children of the
Camps to show at another time (see below).
- Purchase video
copies of Children of the Camps for
ongoing education and outreach, or for sharing with friends,
family and neighbors. Copies are available for educational, grassroots
and home use from NAATA (National Asian American Telecommunications
Association) in San Francisco at (415) 552-9550, or contact them
by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Purchase of the program
will ensure you have the proper rights to use it in the settings
you wish, and will help provide the funds needed to continue
the Children of the Camps Community Education Workshops and Training
Workshops that are now being scheduled around the country.
Please report your
activities to us. FAX or e-mail us to let us know about local
publicity and outreach efforts around the broadcast and provide
us with feedback.
To order materials . . .
Guide and copies of Outreach materials are available for your
use. You can contact us for further information at:
Kim Ina, Associate Producer
Children of the Camps
San Francisco, CA 94116
PH: (916) 452-3008, FAX: (415) 566-3487
WEB SITE: www.pbs.org/childofcamp
Children of the Camps Documentary and Educational Project is
made possible by a grant from The California Endowment and was
produced under the auspices of Asian Pacific Community Counseling.
Please reproduce this Guide
and help publicize Children of the Camps!