Twin Cities JACL Collection

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ddr-densho-1014

This collection contains interviews conducted in partnership with the Twin Cities chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), an organization whose mission is to secure and maintain the human and civil rights of Americans of Japanese ancestry and others victimized by injustice.

For more information about the Twin Cities chapter of the JACL, please visit www.twincitiesjacl.org.

16 oral history interviews

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Courtesy of the Twin Cities JACL Collection

16 Objects

Yoshio Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1014-1)
vh Yoshio Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1014-1)
Nisei male. Born July 12, 1921, in San Diego, California. Grew up in San Diego, and was attending the University of California at Berkeley on December 7, 1941. Removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California. Was selected to leave camp to attend Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Drafted into the military, completed Officer Candidate School ...
Helen Tanigawa Tsuchiya Interview (ddr-densho-1014-2)
vh Helen Tanigawa Tsuchiya Interview (ddr-densho-1014-2)
Nisei female. Born December 25, 1924, in Selma, California. Grew up in Parlier, Californa, where family worked on a farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. Left camp to work in Indianapolis, Indiana, before settling permanently in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Joseph Norio Uemura Interview (ddr-densho-1014-3)
vh Joseph Norio Uemura Interview (ddr-densho-1014-3)
Nisei male. Born July 3, 1926, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland before moving to Denver, Colorado, where his father, a Baptist minister, was transferred. Lived in Denver during World War II, where family helped Japanese Americans leaving camps to find housing and work. Paul Robert and Jean Schuman Hanna Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, since ...
Bill Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1014-4)
vh Bill Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1014-4)
Nisei male. Born September 12, 1923, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in small town of Thomas, where family was part of the White River Valley farming corporation. During World War II, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, moved to Chicago and managed a large estate farm. Eventually ...
Yoshimi Matsuura Interview (ddr-densho-1014-6)
vh Yoshimi Matsuura Interview (ddr-densho-1014-6)
Nisei male. Born May 3, 1918, in Fowler, California. Grew up in Fowler, eventually running family's farm prior to World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, married and was removed to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. Left camp for Minneapolis, Minnesota, to join the National Youth Administration (NYA) for training. Upon arrival ...
Isao East Oshima Interview (ddr-densho-1014-7)
vh Isao East Oshima Interview (ddr-densho-1014-7)
Nisei male. Born April 20, 1921, in Berkeley, California. Family moved frequently as a child, and was living in Oakland, California, when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Left camp for Cleveland, Ohio, eventually settling permanently in the Twin ...
George M. Yoshino Interview (ddr-densho-1014-8)
vh George M. Yoshino Interview (ddr-densho-1014-8)
Nisei male. Born February 25, 1921, in Bellevue, Washington. Grew up in Bellevue, where parents operated a farm. During World War II, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. While in camp, obtained temporary leave to work for a railroad company. Volunteered for the military, and served with the Military Intelligence ...
Mary T. Yoshida Interview (ddr-densho-1014-9)
vh Mary T. Yoshida Interview (ddr-densho-1014-9)
Nisei female. Born 1923 in Central Point, Oregon. While in elementary school, sent to live with a foster family in Medford, Oregon. Was attending college when World War II broke out, and was removed to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to work in St. Paul, Minnesota, as a housegirl. Finished college at Texas ...
Harry Umeda Interview (ddr-densho-1014-10)
vh Harry Umeda Interview (ddr-densho-1014-10)
Nisei male. Born May 12, 1915, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento, where parents ran a successful farm. Drafted into the military in 1941, prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Served in the Military Intelligence Service, interrogating Japanese prisoners of war in New Guinea and the Philippines. After returning to the U.S., settled ...
Ed Yoshikawa Interview (ddr-densho-1014-11)
vh Ed Yoshikawa Interview (ddr-densho-1014-11)
Nisei male. Born January 30, 1925, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento. During World War II, removed to the Sacramento (Walerga) Assembly Center, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to attend college in Michigan. Drafted into the military and served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe. After military discharge, moved to ...

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