81 Japanese American WWII veterans 184 pages 12" x 12" hardcover book

The second volume of The Go For Broke Spirit is at the docks awaiting customs. Pre-orders are available and we plan to ship as soon as the books arrive in Los Angeles. Please follow us on InstagramFacebook or Twitter  to keep up with our next event. 


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(October 11-12, 2019)

Join us for a workshop talk about The Go For Broke Spirit with the author and photographer Shane Sato on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

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Japanese American Museum of San Jose, CA

(October 19, 2019 - February 2020)

Join us for the exhibition opening and “Talk Story” with Shane Sato at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 1-3 pm.

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(November. 3, 2019 - November 24, 2019)

Join us for the exhibition opening with Shane Sato at the George J. Doizaka Gallery located at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. The opening will be November 3, 2019 from 1-3 pm.

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My name is Shane Sato, a photographer for the past 30 years based in Los Angeles. I’ve been shooting portraits of Japanese American WWII Nisei veterans since 2000, starting with my The Go For Broke series, which was shot in black and white, and had the veterans posing in their club shirts. I wanted to do another series to continue photographing more veterans, so I thought I would shoot in color. I shot a few test portraits of veterans wearing their personal clothing. People thought that these were just photos of older Asians and/or seniors, and they could not make the link to their service as soldiers. Around 2007, I decided to use uniforms to help the public “see into the past.” There was a dramatic change in the response. Now people could equate these men, in the twilight of their lives, to the vets who fought in WWII. Having shot over 120 portraits since 2000, I am now working together with Robert Horsting, an oral historian, to create the coffee table book, The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Courage. By combining these portraits with personal photos and a short story of moments in each veteran's life, we're providing a "Then and Now" experience. This project is intended to be photo driven rather than a history book.

So far I've only been able to photograph along the West Coast and Hawaii and produced this first The Go For Broke Spirit book with my own funds. But with your help I can secure travel to the Midwest and East Coast to continue documenting these brave men and their stories to produce the second book, including some of the portraits that we were unable to include in the first book. This second book will complete my two book series.

Many people have asked why I waited so long? A lot of times these men were not open to being photographed, but as the years went on, they realized the importance of preserving their history, which might otherwise be lost. In recent years I've been getting more response from many of these men.

This book project was funded personally and it entailed more hardships and costs than I originally expected, but I want to keep the price reasonable to the public so everyone can enjoy it. Please consider pledging more than the book's cost to not just offset the additional expense, but so I can finish the second book.

Please help me preserve the images and stories of these heroic men who fought for our country while their own families were incarcerated in camps. This is not just Japanese American history, it is American history.