K. Morgan Yamanaka Interview Segment 15

Family background (ddr-densho-1000-329-1) -
Description of neighborhood growing up (ddr-densho-1000-329-2) -
Studying kendo while growing up (ddr-densho-1000-329-3) -
Having a friend of different economic and social status (ddr-densho-1000-329-4) -
Going to Japan at a young age (ddr-densho-1000-329-5) -
Attending elementary school and learning English (ddr-densho-1000-329-6) -
Description of childhood home (ddr-densho-1000-329-7) -
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-329-8) -
Renouncing Japanese citizenship (ddr-densho-1000-329-9) -
Description of leaflet versions of evacuation notices (ddr-densho-1000-329-10) -
Storing family's Japanese swords at a local police station (ddr-densho-1000-329-11) -
First impressions of Santa Anita (ddr-densho-1000-329-12) -
Witnessing tensions in camp (ddr-densho-1000-329-13) -
Signing up for selective service in camp (ddr-densho-1000-329-14) -
Arriving in Topaz: "my first impression of Topaz was essentially that it was a terrible place" (ddr-densho-1000-329-15) -
Answering "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-329-16) -
Reactions of family and friends to "no-no" decision (ddr-densho-1000-329-17) -
Moving to Tule Lake and participating in a musical group (ddr-densho-1000-329-18) -
Father forges Japanese swords in camp (ddr-densho-1000-329-19) -
Memories of the Tule Lake stockade (ddr-densho-1000-329-20) -
Passing the time in the stockade (ddr-densho-1000-329-21) -
Father's ability to secretly make Japanese swords in camp (ddr-densho-1000-329-22) -
Midnight raids in the stockade (ddr-densho-1000-329-23) -
Being released from the stockade (ddr-densho-1000-329-24) -
Hearing about Japan's surrender while in camp (ddr-densho-1000-329-25) -
Decision to renounce U.S. citizenship (ddr-densho-1000-329-26) -
Description of swords father made in camp (ddr-densho-1000-329-27) -
Leaving camp (ddr-densho-1000-329-28) -
Considering future education (ddr-densho-1000-329-29) -
Choosing to not be bitter about wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1000-329-30) -
Teaching at San Francisco State and getting involved in activist causes (ddr-densho-1000-329-31) -
Thoughts on the U.S. government and redress (ddr-densho-1000-329-32) -
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-329-33) -
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Arriving in Topaz: "my first impression of Topaz was essentially that it was a terrible place"

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April 7, 2011

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K. Morgan Yamanaka

K. Morgan Yamanaka Interview

03:51:12 — 33 segments

April 7, 2011

Mill Valley, California

Nisei male. Born April 14, 1924, in San Francisco, California. Went to Japan with family at a very young age before returning to San Francisco. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Answered "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" and transferred to Tule Lake concentration camp, California. While in Tule Lake, was placed with brother and father in the stockade for several months. Renounced U.S. citizenship, but did not expatriate to Japan. Left camp and lived in New York briefly before eventually returning to San Francisco, becoming a professor at San Francisco State University.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Barbara Takei, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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