Vashon Then & Now Premieres Season Two


Vashon Then & Now, the Voice of Vashon produced documentary series will premiere the first episode of its second season Tuesday, November 20, 6PM. “The Japanese American Presence on Vashon – Part 1” traces the evolution of Japanese Americans on the island from early farm laborers in 1900, through their integration into the larger Vashon society, and concludes with the shameful 1942 exclusion, known euphemistically as “The Evacuation,” when 115 Japanese Americans (two-thirds of them American citizens) living on Vashon were forced off the island by gun toting Army troops. The show utilizes historical footage and records, video interviews, audio recordings, and touching essays on what it was like to be a Japanese American on Vashon Island from 1900 to 1942. The show runs approximately 40 minutes and will have its first screening at the Vashon Theatre on Tuesday, November 20, at 6PM.  This episode was made possible by a heritage grant from King County’s 4Culture.
The Island-based documentary team of Michael Monteleone, Dennis Lambert and historian Bruce Haulman collaborated on a four-episode Season One of Vashon Then & Now in 2016.  Episodes in Season One explored the history and presence of the Vashon Theatre, the Point Robinson Lighthouse, Washington State Ferries and Granny’s Attic.  These documentaries explore the origins of Island icons and communities and their impact on island life from their origins to present day.  King County’s 4Culture also supported Season One of Vashon Then & Now with arts grants.
Each of the world premieres, hosted by Voice of Vashon, Vashon Theatre and Island GreenTech, become lively community events on their own.  View the trailer at: