Seiko Edamatsu Interview Segment 16

Father's immigration story: recruited by a lumber company (ddr-densho-1000-195-1) - 00:04:57
Mother's background: college graduate from a well-to-do family (ddr-densho-1000-195-2) - 00:03:47
Description of father's prewar real estate business (ddr-densho-1000-195-3) - 00:06:10
Memories of Bailey Gatzert elementary school (ddr-densho-1000-195-4) - 00:03:02
Description of siblings, holiday celebrations (ddr-densho-1000-195-5) - 00:03:25
Recalling parents' hotel, interactions with people of different ethnicities (ddr-densho-1000-195-6) - 00:05:06
Observing a social divide between Kibei and Nisei (ddr-densho-1000-195-7) - 00:04:02
Helping with family's highway market (ddr-densho-1000-195-8) - 00:06:42
One of only a few Japanese Americans in high school (ddr-densho-1000-195-9) - 00:02:38
Siblings' work with family's hotel (ddr-densho-1000-195-10) - 00:04:26
Transferring to Garfield High School (ddr-densho-1000-195-11) - 00:01:46
Father's battle with typhoid fever (ddr-densho-1000-195-12) - 00:07:06
Brother's work for a taxi cab service (ddr-densho-1000-195-13) - 00:04:15
Growing up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood (ddr-densho-1000-195-14) - 00:06:34
Community and family responses to the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-195-15) - 00:04:19
Voluntarily moving to Spokane, Washington, prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-195-16) - 00:04:26
Moving to Spokane, Washington: observing resentment towards newcomers (ddr-densho-1000-195-17) - 00:07:33
Family's preparations for mass removal, a brother in a sanitarium (ddr-densho-1000-195-18) - 00:06:13
Gradually being accepted by Spokane Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-195-19) - 00:04:29
Father's resettling in Chicago, becoming established (ddr-densho-1000-195-20) - 00:06:21
Meeting husband and getting married (ddr-densho-1000-195-21) - 00:07:30
Description of four daughters (ddr-densho-1000-195-22) - 00:02:15
Observing changes within Spokane's Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-195-23) - 00:03:17
Importance of passing on traditions (ddr-densho-1000-195-24) - 00:02:21
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Voluntarily moving to Spokane, Washington, prior to mass removal

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.

00:04:26 — Segment 16 of 24

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June 7, 2006

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Seiko Edamatsu

Seiko Edamatsu Interview

01:52:40 — 24 segments

June 7, 2006

Spokane, Washington

Nisei female. Born July 18, 1919 in Seattle, Washington. Spent childhood in Seattle's Nihonmachi (Japantown) where parents ran the U.S. Hotel. Attended Bailey Gatzert Grade School and Washington Junior High School before moving to North Seattle with older siblings to operate a produce stand. Graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1937 and worked as a waitress at the Tokyo Cafe until 1941. Moved to Spokane, Washington, as part of the "voluntary evacuation" period in March 1942. Married husband Ed Edamatsu in 1944 and worked as a domestic until retirement.

(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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