Dana Ogo Shew is an oral historian at the Anthropological Studies Center at SSU. (Photo by Sandy Destiny)
Dana Ogo Shew first traced the experiences of her own family during the Japanese-American interment of World War II before she turned her attention to chrysanthemums and carnations.
It was a way of continuing to tell the story of a Japanese-American community in the San Francisco Bay area through the memories of the pioneers of the floral industry. "Their stories of sacrifice, hard work, discrimination, and perseverance typify many California immigrant experiences and speak to all of us," she says.
Currently serving as Oral Historian at the Anthropological Studies Center at SSU, Shew developed Growing a Community: Pioneers of the Japanese American Floral Industry, an oral history project focused on collecting and sharing the first-hand accounts of Japanese American nursery families in the San Francisco Bay Area.