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Hal Keimi Segment 1

Parents' family backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-458-1) -
Description of family's dry cleaning business (ddr-densho-1000-458-2) -
Attending Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-458-3) -
Family moves to the Boyle Heights neighborhood to be closer to family during mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-458-4) -
Living conditions at the Santa Anita Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-458-5) -
Activities at Santa Anita: sports and talent shows (ddr-densho-1000-458-6) -
First arriving at Heart Mountain (ddr-densho-1000-458-7) -
Coping with the severe temperatures in camp (ddr-densho-1000-458-8) -
Attending school in camp (ddr-densho-1000-458-9) -
Joining the Boy Scouts in camp, going on a trip to Yellowstone (ddr-densho-1000-458-10) -
Participating in Boy Scouts activities (ddr-densho-1000-458-11) -
Receiving a pass to leave camp for a day to visit a local town (ddr-densho-1000-458-12) -
Family members split up and leave camp at different times (ddr-densho-1000-458-13) -
Living conditions in a trailer park after leaving camp (ddr-densho-1000-458-14) -
Mother finds a job working for a white family (ddr-densho-1000-458-15) -
Finishing high school, parents start up another dry cleaning business (ddr-densho-1000-458-16) -
Playing football and baseball in high school (ddr-densho-1000-458-17) -
Joining a community sponsored basketball team (ddr-densho-1000-458-18) -
Drafted into the army (ddr-densho-1000-458-19) -
Meeting future wife through a bowling league (ddr-densho-1000-458-20) -
Becoming a teacher and also coaching sports (ddr-densho-1000-458-21) -
Deciding to live in Monterey Park (ddr-densho-1000-458-22) -
Volunteering as a docent at the Japanese American National Museum (ddr-densho-1000-458-23) -
Learning to play the taiko drums and incorporating drumming into museum tours (ddr-densho-1000-458-24) -
Parents' postwar activities (ddr-densho-1000-458-25) -
Current activities with the Japanese American National Museum (ddr-densho-1000-458-26) -
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Parents' family backgrounds

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February 5, 2019

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Hal Keimi

Hal Keimi Interview

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Los Angeles, California

Nisei male. Born October 23, 1931, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, where parents ran a dry cleaning business. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. After leaving camp, lived for a time in a trailer park in Lomita, California, before eventually returning to Los Angeles. Became a teacher and baseball coach, and longtime volunteer docent at the Japanese American National Museum.

Brian Niiya, interviewer; Emily Anderson, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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