Higher education

The Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) put great emphasis on education as a means of succeeding in the U.S. While many Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) obtained college degrees, they found professions closed to them. It was not uncommon for educated nisei to be forced to settle for menial jobs in the ethnic community. Frequently, Japanese Americans could find jobs commensurate with their education only by becoming independent professionals such as doctors and dentists providing services to the Japanese community. The World War II incarceration interrupted thousands of students' university educations.

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Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1002-2-4)
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Attending the University of Washington prewar, deciding to major in banking and finance

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically …

George Azumano Interview Segment 9 (ddr-one-7-32-9)
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Attending college

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

An Oral History with Norman Y. Mineta - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-55-1)
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Japanese American congressman, representing the Thirteenth Congressional District of California, born and raised in San Jose, California, discusses his early life, graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, and receiving a commission and serving in the armed forces from 1953-1956. Recalls the removal, "relocation," and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at the Heart …
Richard Kosaki Interview Segment 34 (ddr-janm-13-1-34)
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Advocating for the community college system in Hawaii, working to change the attitudes of vocational schools

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Richard Kosaki Interview Segment 32 (ddr-janm-13-1-32)
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Continued involvement in the upper administration of the University of Hawaii; planning for the establishment of the community college system

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Richard Kosaki Interview Segment 35 (ddr-janm-13-1-35)
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Discussion of the system of community colleges in Hawaii

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Richard Kosaki Interview Segment 41 (ddr-janm-13-1-41)
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Discussion of the implementation of the University of Hawaii's statewide master plan

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Richard Kosaki Interview Segment 33 (ddr-janm-13-1-33)
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Developing the community college system in Hawaii

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Richard Kosaki Interview Segment 40 (ddr-janm-13-1-40)
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Writing a master plan for a statewide system for the University of Hawaii

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Richard Kosaki Interview Segment 43 (ddr-janm-13-1-43)
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Establishing the Hawaii Tokai International College, a community college with the goal of attracting international students

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Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 6 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-6)
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Attending University of California Berkeley before World War II

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-45-12)
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Attending the University of Washington while working as a houseboy
May Ota Higa Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-174-10)
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Moving to Ellensburg, Washington, and attending college; experiencing discrimination by a professor
Jim Akutsu Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-2-8)
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Attending college and choosing a field of study

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-76-22)
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The role of the University Students Club in providing housing

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Bob Suzuki Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-452-15)
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Moving to Cal State Northridge, revamping the student counseling center to serve Asian Americans
Bob Suzuki Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-452-7)
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Attending UC Berkeley, living in an all-Japanese American boarding house because of housing discrimination
Bob Suzuki Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-452-9)
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Deciding to pursue PhD at Caltech, then joining the faculty at USC
Bob Suzuki Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-452-13)
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Continuing activism while assistant dean at UMass Amherst
Kiyoshi Seishin Yamashita Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-265-8)
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Graduating from high school and "batching" at the University of Washington
Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-84-16)
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Moving to San Francisco and working for the YWCA

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

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