Harry Kawahara Interview Segment 1

Family background (ddr-densho-1000-368-1) -
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-368-2) -
Memories of a fire in childhood home (ddr-densho-1000-368-3) -
Returning to school after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "I was a little bit edgy" (ddr-densho-1000-368-4) -
Vivid memories of camp at age ten: "that made an impact" (ddr-densho-1000-368-5) -
Knowing Fred Korematsu before the war (ddr-densho-1000-368-6) -
First impressions of Topaz (ddr-densho-1000-368-7) -
Growing up left-handed: difficulty learning to write Japanese characters (ddr-densho-1000-368-8) -
Recreational activities in camp (ddr-densho-1000-368-9) -
Leaving camp and living in Salt Lake City (ddr-densho-1000-368-10) -
Returning home; being elected student body president (ddr-densho-1000-368-11) -
Meeting Norman Mineta in college (ddr-densho-1000-368-12) -
Parents' postwar life (ddr-densho-1000-368-13) -
Becoming interested in religion (ddr-densho-1000-368-14) -
Getting involved in the early days of the ethnic studies movement (ddr-densho-1000-368-15) -
The establishment of the Greater Pasadena Area Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-368-16) -
Becoming interested in the redress movement (ddr-densho-1000-368-17) -
Working for redress: helping with witness testimonies for the commission hearings (ddr-densho-1000-368-18) -
Involvement in community activities (ddr-densho-1000-368-19) -
Getting married and starting a family (ddr-densho-1000-368-20) -
Family's postwar experiences (ddr-densho-1000-368-21) -
Reflections: the importance of family (ddr-densho-1000-368-22) -
Thoughts on the future of the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-368-23) -
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Family background

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.

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September 20, 2011

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Harry Kawahara

Harry Kawahara Interview

02:28:15 — 23 segments

September 20, 2011

Los Angeles, California

Nisei male. Born September 14, 1931, in San Leandro, California. Grew up in San Leandro, where father ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, moved with family to Salt Lake City for a year before returning to San Leandro. After the war, was involved in numerous causes including the ethnic studies movement and the redress movement.

(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.)

Sharon Yamato, interviewer; Tani Ikeda, videographer

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