Public schools

Nisei (second-generation) children attended public schools alongside children of other races, although schools in Nihonmachi (Japantown) neighborhoods were overwhelmingly Japanese ethnically. Since Japanese was usually spoken at home, many Nisei learned to speak English in public school. In Seattle, people fondly remember the Bailey Gatzert elementary school whose white principal remained in touch with her students after they were taken to the camps. The Japanese Americans who would have graduated from high school and college in spring 1942 were removed to camps before they could complete the year and attend commencement.

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Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1008-4-3)
vh Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1008-4-3)
Comparing education in the United States and Japan

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-98-5)
vh Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-98-5)
Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, performances at the Nippon Kan Theatre
Masao Watanabe Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-103-7)
vh Masao Watanabe Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-103-7)
Attending Central grammar school and Broadway high school, Seattle

At the time this interview was taped, Mr. Watanabe was recovering from a recent series of cancer treatments.

Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-63-6)
vh Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-63-6)
Attending Bailey Gatzert Elementary School and the Japanese language school in Seattle, Washington
Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-10-35)
vh Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-10-35)
Schooling in postwar Seattle: a "cosmopolitan" school environment
img "Auburn High School Graduation 1939. Jack Natsuhara" (ddr-densho-201-305)
Portrait of a Japanese American schoolboy. Caption on front: "Auburn High School Graduation 1939. Jack Natsuhara."
Tacoma, Washington's Central School (ddr-densho-109-87)
img Tacoma, Washington's Central School (ddr-densho-109-87)
At the time this photograph was taken, the school was segregated.
Roosevelt Grade School third grade rhythm band (ddr-densho-62-6)
img Roosevelt Grade School third grade rhythm band (ddr-densho-62-6)
Edith Watanabe is the triangle player in the bottom left corner. She doesn't remember anything about being in that band. Top row, L to R: Herbert Miller, Norman Grimbly, Claude Young, Helen Reed, Willie Sue Young, Billie Stinchey, June Elstead, Elsie Ovenall, Jack Stinchey, Louise Neff, Milton Reed. Middle row, L to R: Helen Lay ...
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