Esther Takei Nishio Interview Segment 6

Family background (ddr-densho-1000-370-1) -
Mother's background and immigration to the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-370-2) -
Father's work running carnival concessions (ddr-densho-1000-370-3) -
Childhood memories of Venice, California (ddr-densho-1000-370-4) -
Attending Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-370-5) -
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; father's arrest by the FBI (ddr-densho-1000-370-6) -
Storing belongings with a family friend (ddr-densho-1000-370-7) -
The day of mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-370-8) -
Working in a camp mess hall (ddr-densho-1000-370-9) -
Memories of camp as a young person: lack of privacy (ddr-densho-1000-370-10) -
Reuniting with father in camp (ddr-densho-1000-370-11) -
First arriving at Amache concentration camp: "it was a very desolate scene" (ddr-densho-1000-370-12) -
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Working as a dental assistant in camp (ddr-densho-1000-370-14) -
Social activities in camp (ddr-densho-1000-370-15) -
Leaving camp to attend school in Colorado (ddr-densho-1000-370-16) -
Returning to camp and working for the camp newspaper (ddr-densho-1000-370-17) -
Leaving camp as part of a test group allowed to return early to the West Coast (ddr-densho-1000-370-18) -
Leaving camp and traveling to Pasadena (ddr-densho-1000-370-19) -
Experiencing discrimination after returning to California (ddr-densho-1000-370-20) -
Receiving support from family and friends (ddr-densho-1000-370-21) -
Attending college, meeting other Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-370-22) -
Visiting Gila River concentration camp to encourage resettlement (ddr-densho-1000-370-23) -
Attending business school (ddr-densho-1000-370-24) -
Forming a Nisei women's club (ddr-densho-1000-370-25) -
Meeting future husband (ddr-densho-1000-370-26) -
Parents' resettlement in Pasadena (ddr-densho-1000-370-27) -
Getting married (ddr-densho-1000-370-28) -
Finding work after graduating from college (ddr-densho-1000-370-29) -
Beginning to talk about wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1000-370-30) -
Testifying at the redress hearings (ddr-densho-1000-370-31) -
Staying in touch with Quaker man who helped with resettlement (ddr-densho-1000-370-32) -
Receiving an honorary degree (ddr-densho-1000-370-33) -
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-370-34) -
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; father's arrest by the FBI

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 21, 2011

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Esther Takei Nishio

Esther Takei Nishio Interview

02:09:06 — 34 segments

September 21, 2011

Los Angeles, California

Nisei female. Born February 20, 1925, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Venice, California, where father and uncle ran a carnival concession stand. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. In 1944, was part of a group organized by the Quakers to leave camp and return to the West Coast. Settled in Pasadena, California.

(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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