The Eddie Imazu Project

History comes alive when we learn how ordinary people coped with their times.  The Eddie Imazu Project preserves one man’s journey of survival.  During racially charged times, Imazu flourished by making many friends, contributing specialized skills to American cinema and earning respect within the Hollywood film industry.  By applying his artistic and architectural talents, Imazu created sets for movies that entertained Americans during the depression, WWII era and Cold War years.  In addition, Imazu worked on movies that encouraged racial tolerance, such as “Donovan’s Reef,” “Teahouse of the August Moon,” and “Go For Broke!”  Because of his work ethic and creativity, Imazu paved the way for future generations of Asian-American artists.  His story provides inspiration to young people and insight into America’s past.  Accordingly, this website is a resource for those who want to learn about Eddie Imazu, Asian-American history, American film history and the cultural milieu of the 1930s to the 1960s.