Mii Tai Interview Segment 15

Family background; origin of name (ddr-densho-1000-186-1) - 00:04:59
Description of childhood neighborhood, activities (ddr-densho-1000-186-2) - 00:02:36
Description of parents' laundry business (ddr-densho-1000-186-3) - 00:03:06
Living above family's laundry business (ddr-densho-1000-186-4) - 00:02:33
Memories of neighborhood, ethnic diversity (ddr-densho-1000-186-5) - 00:04:31
Childhood recreational activities: movies, community picnics (ddr-densho-1000-186-6) - 00:03:51
Involvement in the Methodist church while growing up (ddr-densho-1000-186-7) - 00:04:27
Memories of Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-186-8) - 00:01:51
Ethnic make-up of high school; experiencing discrimination (ddr-densho-1000-186-9) - 00:04:34
Teenage social activities (ddr-densho-1000-186-10) - 00:02:31
Feelings after hearing of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "that was a shocker" (ddr-densho-1000-186-11) - 00:05:50
Changes in the Japanese American community during World War II (ddr-densho-1000-186-12) - 00:04:36
Meeting husband who was in an concentration camp during the war (ddr-densho-1000-186-13) - 00:04:34
Getting married, taking over parents' laundry business (ddr-densho-1000-186-14) - 00:02:31
Running a hotel postwar: daily chores, clientele (ddr-densho-1000-186-15) - 00:03:46
Parents' values: importance of discipline, don't bring shame to the family (ddr-densho-1000-186-16) - 00:05:13
Thoughts on 9/11, children's identity (ddr-densho-1000-186-17) - 00:02:33
Fond memories of the past (ddr-densho-1000-186-18) - 00:02:32
Reflections on future generations, intermarriage (ddr-densho-1000-186-19) - 00:07:39
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Running a hotel postwar: daily chores, clientele

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

00:03:46 — Segment 15 of 19

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March 14, 2006

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Mii Tai

Mii Tai Interview

01:14:13 — 19 segments

March 14, 2006

Spokane, Washington

Nisei female. Born 1923 in Spokane, Washington. Spent childhood in downtown Spokane where parents ran the Oriental Laundry. Family was active with the Methodist Episcopal Church and mother taught at the Japanese Language School. Attended Lewis & Clark High School. Remembers changes in the Japanese American community brought about by World War II. Husband, Sumio Tai, came to Spokane from Minidoka concentration camp through a work sponsorship. Married in 1945 and spent postwar years running a hotel and raising six children. Mii Tai passed away on September 4, 2012.

(This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.)

Megan Asaka, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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