Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview Segment 17

Born on a farm outside of Sacramento, California (ddr-densho-1000-294-1) - 00:01:54
Father's family background (ddr-densho-1000-294-2) - 00:07:56
Mother's background: coming to the U.S. as a "picture bride" (ddr-densho-1000-294-3) - 00:04:12
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-294-4) - 00:03:27
Losing father at an early age (ddr-densho-1000-294-5) - 00:03:55
Raised by older brother after father's passing (ddr-densho-1000-294-6) - 00:06:38
Living off the land as much as possible (ddr-densho-1000-294-7) - 00:07:22
Growing up in the Florin area (ddr-densho-1000-294-8) - 00:05:28
Memories of childhood: having a Japanese-style bath, using newspaper as toilet paper (ddr-densho-1000-294-9) - 00:07:04
Living "green" before the war (ddr-densho-1000-294-10) - 00:02:41
Attending school with other Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-294-11) - 00:05:16
Older sisters rejoin the family from Japan (ddr-densho-1000-294-12) - 00:05:22
Hearing Issei rumors that Japan would win the war quickly (ddr-densho-1000-294-13) - 00:05:46
Deciding what to do with successful family farm (ddr-densho-1000-294-14) - 00:09:46
Mass removal: community divided and sent to two different camps (ddr-densho-1000-294-15) - 00:05:00
The journey by train to camp: talking back to an MP (ddr-densho-1000-294-16) - 00:06:50
Living conditions in camp: better than farm at home (ddr-densho-1000-294-17) - 00:03:55
Attending school in camp: memorable teachers (ddr-densho-1000-294-18) - 00:07:35
Family life in camp (ddr-densho-1000-294-19) - 00:04:29
Brother's role in internal security: memories of the "Manzanar riot" (ddr-densho-1000-294-20) - 00:06:59
Sneaking out of camp to hike in the hills outside (ddr-densho-1000-294-21) - 00:10:51
Adolescence in camp: getting drunk for the first time (ddr-densho-1000-294-22) - 00:05:32
A lifelong ambition to hike Mt. Whitney (ddr-densho-1000-294-23) - 00:15:05
Leaving camp temporarily to work (ddr-densho-1000-294-24) - 00:08:59
Description of family friend, Mr. Muro (ddr-densho-1000-294-25) - 00:06:00
Leaving camp and attending high school (ddr-densho-1000-294-26) - 00:06:37
Brother's decision to answer "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-294-27) - 00:04:36
An unlikely friendship with Lillian Baker, who opposed the Japanese American redress movement (ddr-densho-1000-294-28) - 00:09:12
Refusing to accept the redress payment on principle (ddr-densho-1000-294-29) - 00:06:01
Discussion of terminology involving the Japanese American wartime experience (ddr-densho-1000-294-30) - 00:10:59
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Living conditions in camp: better than farm at home

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July 30, 2010

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    Hank Shozo Umemoto

    Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview

    03:15:27 — 30 segments

    July 30, 2010

    Los Angeles, California

    Nisei male. Born October 12, 1928, in Florin, California, a small community outside of Sacramento, California. Lost father at an early age, and was raised primarily by older brother. During World War II, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. While in camp, snuck out of camp to spend time in the surrounding hillside. After leaving camp, returned to California and finished high school. Notably, refused to accept on principle the redress payments made to Japanese Americans in the 1980s.

    (This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.)

    Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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