Densho Visual History Collection

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This collection consists of a diverse set of interviews conducted by Densho starting in 1996. The interviews focus on many aspects of Japanese American history, from early U.S. immigration to present-day issues. The collection also includes interviews with non-Japanese American individuals who have in some way been involved in or impacted by the Japanese American experience. The majority of Densho's interviews follow a life-history approach, which offers a detailed, in-depth glimpse into each interviewee's life.

425 oral history interviews

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427 Objects

Gene Akutsu Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-1)
vh Gene Akutsu Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-1)
Nisei male. Born September 23, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in Seattle's Nihonmachi. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Refused to participate in draft, imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington, for resisting the draft. Resettled in Seattle. Mr. Akutsu passed away on October 6, 2011.
Jim Akutsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-2)
vh Jim Akutsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-2)
Nisei male. Born 1920 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resisted draft, with the rationale that the U.S. government had classified him 4-C, an enemy alien, and he was therefore under no obligation to serve. Imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington. Vocal critic of JACL. Resettled in ...
Terry Aratani  -  Fred Matsumura  -  Kenneth Okuma  -  Henry Bruno Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-3)
vh Terry Aratani - Fred Matsumura - Kenneth Okuma - Henry Bruno Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-3)
This interview centers on these individuals' military service during WWII as members of I Company, part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Japanese American fighting unit and one of the most highly decorated military units in U.S. history. During this interview they discuss their experiences training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and fighting in Europe ...
Yone Bartholomew Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-4)
vh Yone Bartholomew Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-4)
Nisei female. Born 1906 in Bedderavia, California. Was given for adoption by her parents to a couple who could not have children of their own. Grew up on family farm, was one of the oldest Nisei in the Santa Barbara area of California. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Widow of ...
Yone Bartholomew Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-5)
vh Yone Bartholomew Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-5)
Nisei female. Born 1906 in Bedderavia, California. Was given for adoption by her parents to a couple who could not have children of their own. Grew up on family farm, was one of the oldest Nisei in the Santa Barbara area of California. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Widow of ...
Sue K. Embrey Interview (ddr-densho-1000-6)
vh Sue K. Embrey Interview (ddr-densho-1000-6)
Nisei female. Born January 6, 1923, in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, incarcerated at Manzanar concentration camp. Wrote for Manzanar Free Press while incarcerated. Resettled during World War II in Madison, Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois. Returned to Los Angeles, California, in 1948. Founding member of Nisei Progressives and the Manzanar Committee. Ms. Embrey passed ...
George Fugami Interview (ddr-densho-1000-7)
vh George Fugami Interview (ddr-densho-1000-7)
Kibei male. Born 1915 in Portland, Oregon. Sent with siblings to be educated in Japan when ten years old. Returned to the United States in 1935. During World War II, was incarcerated at Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Active in Seattle's postwar Japanese American community as a member and past president ...
Frank S. Fujii Interview (ddr-densho-1000-8)
vh Frank S. Fujii Interview (ddr-densho-1000-8)
Nisei male. Born 1930 in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Jackson Street neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Resettled in Seattle. Former teacher and varsity basketball coach at Seattle's Franklin High School and administrator at Seattle Central Community College.

(This interview was conducted over two ...

Francis Mas Fukuhara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-9)
vh Francis Mas Fukuhara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-9)
Nisei male. Born January 30, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar years in Seattle's Nihonmachi/Yesler Terrace area. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Drafted into the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). Postwar commander of Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) in 1988 and 1989.
Fumiko Uyeda Groves Interview (ddr-densho-1000-10)
vh Fumiko Uyeda Groves Interview (ddr-densho-1000-10)
Nisei female. Born 1933 in Seattle, Washington. Parents operated a store in the Sanitary Market (now known as the Pike Place Market). Father was very active in kenjinkai activities, both before and after the war. Spent prewar childhood in and among Seattle's Japanese American community. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp ...

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