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Minoru Tajii Interview Segment 8

Family background (ddr-densho-1000-394-1) -
Father's farming techniques (ddr-densho-1000-394-2) -
Growing up interacting with Spanish-speaking farm laborers (ddr-densho-1000-394-3) -
A typical day on family's farm (ddr-densho-1000-394-4) -
Growing a few Japanese vegetables for family meals (ddr-densho-1000-394-5) -
Attending Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-394-6) -
Learning kendo (ddr-densho-1000-394-7) -
The difficulty of farming in desert conditions (ddr-densho-1000-394-8) -
Maintaining the farm during the summertime (ddr-densho-1000-394-9) -
Leaving the Imperial Valley during the summers (ddr-densho-1000-394-10) -
Losing younger sister in an accident (ddr-densho-1000-394-11) -
Attending elementary school (ddr-densho-1000-394-12) -
Childhood memories (ddr-densho-1000-394-13) -
Celebrating the New Year's holiday (ddr-densho-1000-394-14) -
Oldest brother sent to Japan before the war (ddr-densho-1000-394-15) -
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Father's arrest by the FBI (ddr-densho-1000-394-16) -
Preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-394-17) -
Work in camp: delivering milk (ddr-densho-1000-394-18) -
Finding ways to pass the time in camp (ddr-densho-1000-394-19) -
Attending school in camp (ddr-densho-1000-394-20) -
Participating in camp dances (ddr-densho-1000-394-21) -
Communicating with father in camp (ddr-densho-1000-394-22) -
Witnessing a strike in Poston (ddr-densho-1000-394-23) -
Signing "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" along with family (ddr-densho-1000-394-24) -
Reuniting with father at Crystal City (ddr-densho-1000-394-25) -
Attending Japanese language classes in preparation for returning to Japan (ddr-densho-1000-394-26) -
First arriving in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-394-27) -
Impressions of Hiroshima right after the atomic bombing (ddr-densho-1000-394-28) -
Working for the military during the U.S. occupation of Japan (ddr-densho-1000-394-29) -
Returning to the U.S. and becoming a gardener (ddr-densho-1000-394-30) -
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-394-31) -
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The difficulty of farming in desert conditions

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 14, 2012

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Minoru Tajii

Minoru Tajii Interview

02:50:28 — 31 segments

February 14, 2012

Gardena, California

Nisei male. Born February 23, 1924, in Brawley, California. Grew up in El Centro, California, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, was removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Family signed "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" and transferred to the Crystal City internment camp, Texas, then to Japan. Lived and worked in Japan until 1950 before returning to the United States.

(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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