‘The Forgotten Japanese Community of Vacaville’ Scheduled for Next Solano County Genealogical Society Meeting – The Vacaville Reporter


At the next meeting of the Solano County Genealogical Society, Christopher Diaz will present “The Forgotten Japanese Community of Vacaville”. The virtual presentation begins at 11 a.m. on November 6 and is open to the public.

Vacaville once had one of the largest Japanese resident populations in the state. Prior to burial during WWII, the Japanese community of Vacaville was a thriving presence that helped make the town a thriving agricultural center. A Central Valley newspaper even dubbed Vacaville the “Tokyo of the West”. However, after the internment ended, the former Japanese residents of Vacaville were not well received and most never returned.

Christopher Diaz is a librarian at the Solano County Library. With the help of the Vacaville Heritage Council and the Vacaville Museum, Diaz began making a series of history videos for the library. His work in creating online videos for the library won him a PRExcellence award from the California Library Association and his video on the Japanese community of Vacaville was shown on the opening night of the 2020 Ag and Art Film Festival.

If interested, email the company at [email protected] no later than 4 p.m. Friday, November 5. For more information, visit www.scgsca.org.

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