The Canefield Songs Project

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Production History: Harry Urata

Honolulu music teacher (sensei) Harry Urata plays a major role in this saga. His experiences in WWII internment camps helped shape a life dedicated to capturing and preserving Japanese immigrant culture. In the 1960’s he recorded many of these songs by the men and women who created them 60 years before.  Much of the story will be told in the words of Urata-sensei, who remained strong and entertaining into his 90th year.

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Center for Labor Education and Research

University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu

91-1001 Farrington Hwy

Kapolei, HI 96707

CLEAR's Website

Phone: 808-689-2760

Voices from the Canefields Publication

Dr. Franklin Odo, Oxford University Press, 2013

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More footage

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Film Credits

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/PRODUCER/WRITER

CHRIS CONYBEARE has been involved in all phases of television production for more than 30 years. He is currently on the faculty of the Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR) at the University of Hawai’i -West Oahu.  He served as producer and host of the Hawai’i Public Television (now PBS Hawai’i) series Rice and Roses for 6 years and later served as Executive Producer for News and Public Affairs.  

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PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR

JOY CHONG STANNARD has been involved in television production since 1978 and has produced and directed hundreds of programs about Hawai’i and the Asia Pacific region, winning accolades and numerous awards.  She has served in a variety of capacities (including Executive Producer/Director) on the staff of PBS Hawai’i and now heads her own independent production company.

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HISTORICAL CONSULTANT

FRANKLIN ODO was founding director of the Smithsonian Institution's Asian Pacific American Program and Acting Chief of the Asian Division at the Library of Congress. He was a professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai’i and has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Hunter College, Princeton University, and Columbia University.

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NARRATOR

JAKE SHIMABUKURO

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