Ben Y. Tonooka Interview Segment 16

Parents' family backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-390-1) - 00:02:36
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-390-2) - 00:03:43
Moving to North Fresno (ddr-densho-1000-390-3) - 00:04:35
Father's illness and passing (ddr-densho-1000-390-4) - 00:04:37
Difficulty coping financially after father's death (ddr-densho-1000-390-5) - 00:10:08
Attending grammar school and Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-390-6) - 00:07:29
Attending high school (ddr-densho-1000-390-7) - 00:06:45
Childhood recreational activities (ddr-densho-1000-390-8) - 00:04:57
Memories of childhood: amateur photography, delivering newspapers (ddr-densho-1000-390-9) - 00:08:47
Playing with non-Japanese American friends as a child (ddr-densho-1000-390-10) - 00:08:28
Celebrating holidays (ddr-densho-1000-390-11) - 00:07:59
Losing paper delivery job after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-390-12) - 00:04:04
Feeling uncomfortable in school after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-390-13) - 00:06:27
Preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-390-14) - 00:06:02
Arriving at the Fresno Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-390-15) - 00:08:22
Daily life in camp (ddr-densho-1000-390-16) - 00:08:43
Learning to dance in camp (ddr-densho-1000-390-17) - 00:05:21
The difficult journey by train to Jerome (ddr-densho-1000-390-18) - 00:04:57
First arriving in Jerome (ddr-densho-1000-390-19) - 00:05:08
Adjusting to living conditions in Jerome (ddr-densho-1000-390-20) - 00:06:35
Hospitalized in camp for a heart condition (ddr-densho-1000-390-21) - 00:06:49
Going to school in camp (ddr-densho-1000-390-22) - 00:05:13
Receiving high school diploma years later in a special ceremony (ddr-densho-1000-390-23) - 00:07:57
Recreational activities in camp: collecting records (ddr-densho-1000-390-24) - 00:10:00
Forming the Olympic Club in camp (ddr-densho-1000-390-25) - 00:03:44
Visiting Little Rock, Arkansas (ddr-densho-1000-390-26) - 00:03:39
Transferring to Gila River after the closing of Jerome (ddr-densho-1000-390-27) - 00:04:38
Working in the auto parts warehouse in Gila River (ddr-densho-1000-390-28) - 00:06:28
Leaving Gila River and moving to Cleveland, Ohio (ddr-densho-1000-390-29) - 00:08:19
Returning to California (ddr-densho-1000-390-30) - 00:06:24
Getting married and losing wife early (ddr-densho-1000-390-31) - 00:06:21
Looking back on wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1000-390-32) - 00:08:20
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Daily life in camp

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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February 6, 2012

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Ben Y. Tonooka

Ben Y. Tonooka Interview

03:23:35 — 32 segments

February 6, 2012

Los Angeles, California

Nisei male. Born July 17, 1924, in Fowler, California. At an early age, moved with family to Fresno, California. During World War II, removed to the Fresno Assembly Center, California, and to the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Transferred to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona, after Jerome closed. After leaving camp, lived in Cleveland, Ohio, for a time before eventually returning to 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.)

Martha Nakagawa, interviewer; Tani Ikeda, videographer

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