Densho Visual History Collection ddr-densho-1000

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Peter Irons Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-126)
vh Peter Irons Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-126)
Caucasian male. Born 1940 in Salem, Massachusetts. Family moved frequently during his childhood due to father's employment. Strongly influenced by parents' values regarding racial tolerance and inclusion, and principles learned through Unitarian Church. While attending Antioch College in Ohio, became involved in political and social activism for civil rights. Joined the youth branch of NAACP ...
Peter Irons Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-127)
vh Peter Irons Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-127)
Caucasian male. Born 1940 in Salem, Massachusetts. Family moved frequently during his childhood due to father's employment. Strongly influenced by parents' values regarding racial tolerance and inclusion, and principles learned through Unitarian Church. While attending Antioch College in Ohio, became involved in political and social activism for civil rights. Joined the youth branch of NAACP ...
Paul Bannai Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-128)
vh Paul Bannai Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-128)
Nisei male. Born July 4, 1920 in Delta, Colorado. Grew up in small mining and farming towns in Colorado, Utah and Arizona, until his family moved to Boyle Heights in the Los Angeles, California area. After graduating from high school, he tested discrimination and employment practices and eventually succeeded in obtaining a job at a bank ...
Bill Hosokawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-129)
vh Bill Hosokawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-129)
Nisei male. Born in Seattle in 1915 and attended Washington grade school, Garfield High School and the University of Washington. He grew up as a typical Nisei, working summers in Alaska salmon canneries and Western Avenue produce brokerages to pay for his education.

He became interested in writing at Garfield where he was sports editor of ...
Mits Koshiyama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-130)
vh Mits Koshiyama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-130)
Nisei male. Born August 7, 1924 in Mountain View, California. Grew up in the Santa Clara Valley, California, working on his family's leased strawberry farm. In June of 1942, he was involuntarily "evacuated" to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, then to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Graduated from high school in camp and at the ...
Frank Yamasaki Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-131)
vh Frank Yamasaki Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-131)
Nisei male. Born 1923 in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in South Park and Belltown areas of Seattle. 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. Frank Yamasaki passed away February 28, 2016.
George Yoshida Interview (ddr-densho-1000-132)
vh George Yoshida Interview (ddr-densho-1000-132)
Nisei male. Born April 9, 1922, in Seattle, Washington. Parents immigrated from Japan in the early 1900s. Attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary School and Washington Middle School in Seattle before his family moved to East Los Angeles in 1936. Incarcerated in Poston Detention Camp #1, Arizona, in April 1942. While in camp, helped organize the "Music Makers ...
Grant Ujifusa Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-133)
vh Grant Ujifusa Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-133)
Sansei male. Born January 4, 1942 in Worland, Wyoming. Graduated from Harvard College in 1965, and went on to earn an M.A. in American History from Brandeis University and an ABT in American Civilization from Brown University. Worked for book publishers Gambit, Houghton Mifflin, Random House, Macmillan, and Reader's Digest magazine. Played an integral ...
Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-135)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-135)
Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct their own family history interviews. Individually and jointly, they and other family members had written and gathered material documenting their family history. They shared much of this with me to assist with research and preparation for the Densho interview. Mitsuye's daughter Jeni had ...
Joe Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-136)
vh Joe Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-136)
Nisei male. Born 1932 in Seattle, WA. Father employed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as interpreter for twenty years, until separated from family on December 7, 1941 and interned as an enemy alien. Removed from Seattle with mother, sister and two brothers in 1942. Attended school (fifth through sixth grades) while incarcerated at ...
Mitsuye May Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-137)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-137)
Female, child of Issei parents. Born July 5, 1923, in Fukuoka, Japan while her mother and two older Nisei brothers visited relatives. Named Mitsuye Mei Yasutake at birth. From age 3, grew up in Seattle, WA. Father employed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as interpreter for twenty years, until separated from family on ...
Tosh Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-138)
vh Tosh Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-138)
Nisei male. Born 1922 in Seattle, WA. Father employed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as interpreter for twenty years, until separated from family on December 7, 1941 and interned as an enemy alien. Graduated 1941, Cleveland High School, and attended University of Washington before being removed from Seattle with mother, sister and two ...
Kara Kondo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-139)
vh Kara Kondo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-139)
Nisei female. Born 1916 in the Yakima valley, Washington, and spent childhood in Wapato, Washington. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the North Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and then to the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Was on the staff of the camp newspaper, the Heart Mountain Sentinel. Left camp for Chicago, Illinois, and ...
Mitsu Fukui Interview (ddr-densho-1000-140)
vh Mitsu Fukui Interview (ddr-densho-1000-140)
Nisei female, born 1911 in Seattle, WA. Had a younger sister and three younger brothers. Father, Riichiro Fukano, employed by Oriental Trading Company as a bookkeeper in Seattle, before operating a dry cleaning business. Mother, Kiyono (Miyama) Fukano, a seamstress. Learned dressmaking from mother, and helped in the shop. Family lived upstairs above the shop, in ...
Dale Minami Interview (ddr-densho-1000-141)
vh Dale Minami Interview (ddr-densho-1000-141)
Sansei male. Born in Los Angeles, California on October 13, 1946, and grew up in Gardena, California. Received B.A. in Political Science from University of Southern California, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1968. Received J.D., 1971, from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California.

Mr. Minami was a co-founder ...
Roger Shimomura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-142)
vh Roger Shimomura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-142)
Roger Shimomura's paintings, prints, and theater pieces address sociopolitical issues of Asian America. The inspiration for many of his works are the diaries kept by his late immigrant grandmother for fifty-six years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his graduate degree from Syracuse University, New York.

Shimomura has ...
Ruby Inouye Interview (ddr-densho-1000-143)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview (ddr-densho-1000-143)
Nisei female. Born November 17, 1920 in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, and graduated salutatorian from Broadway High School. Was enrolled in the pre-medical program at the University of Washington on December 7, 1941. During the war, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp to attend the ...
Frank Miyamoto Interview IV (ddr-densho-1000-145)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV (ddr-densho-1000-145)
Nisei male. Born July 29, 1912, in Seattle, Washington. Wrote 'Social Solidarity Among the Japanese in Seattle' as a Master's thesis, published in 1939 as one of the first academic works on the Japanese immigrant community. Incarcerated in Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Member of the Evacuation and Resettlement Study which studied the incarceration and ...
Robert Coombs Interview (ddr-densho-1000-146)
vh Robert Coombs Interview (ddr-densho-1000-146)
Caucasian male. Born May 26, 1918, in Visalia, California. Attended school in Sacramento, California, and then enrolled in the University of Southern California. Involved in the development of the new progressive education theory at Stanford University in the 1930s, and was teaching high school in Sacramento, California when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Worked as a teacher ...
Helen Amerman Manning Interview (ddr-densho-1000-147)
vh Helen Amerman Manning Interview (ddr-densho-1000-147)
Caucasian female. Born March 23, 1916 in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Attended Michigan State College, then Stanford University for graduate courses, before becoming a high school teacher at the Minidoka concentration camp. After World War II, worked for various organizations in the field of race relations, including the San Francisco Council for Civic Unity, and the Oakland ...
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-148)
vh Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-148)
Nisei female. Born December 30, 1927, in Seattle, Washington. Lived in Japan for fifteen months as a child, before returning to Seattle to attend junior high school. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was picked up by the FBI and taken to the Department of Justice camp at Missoula, Montana. Removed to the Puyallup Assembly ...
Minoru
vh Minoru "Min" Tsubota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-149)
Nisei male. Born December 1, 1918, in Kent, Washington. Became interested in music in junior high school, and played in various music groups. Upon graduating from high school, worked for a manufacturing plant, and then volunteered for the army. Separated from unit along with other Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and eventually served ...
Paul Bannai Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-150)
vh Paul Bannai Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-150)
Nisei male. Born July 4, 1920 in Delta, Colorado. Grew up in small mining and farming towns in Colorado, Utah and Arizona, until his family moved to Boyle Heights in the Los Angeles, California area. After graduating from high school, he tested discrimination and employment practices and eventually succeeded in obtaining a job at a bank ...
Art Shibayama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-151)
vh Art Shibayama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-151)
Nisei male. Born June 6, 1930, in Callao, Peru. Grew up in Peru, raised by both parents and grandparents. During World War II, taken with parents to the United States on a U.S. troop transport ship. Lived in the Crystal City internment camp, Texas, until family moved to work at Seabrook, New Jersey, a produce ...
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-152)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-152)
Nisei female. Born May 30, 1933, in Hood River, Oregon. Raised in the Hood River valley on family farm. After December 7, 1941, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and then to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. In 1943, moved with family to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, before leaving camp for Chicago, Illinois ...

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