Henry Miyatake Interview V Segment 22

Son's progression as a competitive gymnast (ddr-densho-1000-57-1) - 00:06:40
Pride in son's abilities as a gymnast (ddr-densho-1000-57-2) - 00:04:40
Conducting own research on the World War II incarceration (ddr-densho-1000-57-3) - 00:06:14
Description of friend Mike Nakata (ddr-densho-1000-57-4) - 00:01:37
Observing inequitable race issues at the Boeing Company (ddr-densho-1000-57-5) - 00:09:35
Meeting with managers at Boeing to discuss racial inequity (ddr-densho-1000-57-6) - 00:04:58
Disappointing lack of support from other Japanese American engineers at Boeing (ddr-densho-1000-57-7) - 00:06:07
Boeing management's response to charges of racial inequity (ddr-densho-1000-57-8) - 00:02:49
Changes made by Boeing management to create a fairer workplace (ddr-densho-1000-57-9) - 00:08:14
Keeping a journal of annual achievements and objectives (ddr-densho-1000-57-10) - 00:02:17
Starting to speak publicly about the incarceration (ddr-densho-1000-57-11) - 00:04:23
First experience speaking to students about incarceration experiences (ddr-densho-1000-57-12) - 00:08:07
Speaking publicly about the incarceration: broadening audience (ddr-densho-1000-57-13) - 00:04:03
Cancellation of the Super Sonic Transport (SST) program at Boeing (ddr-densho-1000-57-14) - 00:03:34
Efforts to repeal Title II of the Internal Security Act, feeling empowered (ddr-densho-1000-57-15) - 00:03:29
Effects of the cancellation of the Super Sonic Transport (SST) program at Boeing on Japanese American engineers (ddr-densho-1000-57-16) - 00:05:51
Thoughts about the Japanese American Citizens League Creed (ddr-densho-1000-57-17) - 00:08:44
Responding to community interest in statistical data (ddr-densho-1000-57-18) - 00:05:57
Early efforts to establish a Japanese Cultural Center in Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-57-19) - 00:04:10
Beginning to establish the "Seattle Plan" for redress (ddr-densho-1000-57-20) - 00:03:46
Presenting redress research to the Seattle Chapter, Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-57-21) - 00:06:28
Encountering initial opposition to redress within the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-57-22) - 00:06:23
Grassroots efforts to raise awareness and support among the Japanese Americans, an "Appeal for Action" (ddr-densho-1000-57-23) - 00:01:43
Responding to World War II Nisei veterans opposed to redress efforts (ddr-densho-1000-57-24) - 00:06:27
Finding the most resistance in the Japanese American community's leadership (ddr-densho-1000-57-25) - 00:03:25
Specific strategies to change the Japanese American community's negative attitudes towards redress (ddr-densho-1000-57-26) - 00:08:17
Speaking at the District Japanese American Citizens League meeting in 1974 (ddr-densho-1000-57-27) - 00:04:24
Presenting the "Seattle plan" for redress at the National Japanese American Citizens League convention (ddr-densho-1000-57-28) - 00:05:33
Talking with Edison Uno about redress plans (ddr-densho-1000-57-29) - 00:10:00
Trying to convince JACL to support the presidential revocation of Executive Order 9066 (ddr-densho-1000-57-30) - 00:02:31
Continuing the struggle to build a redress movement with Japanese American Citizens League support (ddr-densho-1000-57-31) - 00:07:21
The writing of Gerald Ford's "An American Promise" (ddr-densho-1000-57-32) - 00:01:59
Passing the "Seattle plan" for redress (ddr-densho-1000-57-33) - 00:02:01
The effort to obtain presidential revocation of Executive Order 9066 (ddr-densho-1000-57-34) - 00:08:13
Successfully obtaining presidential revocation of Executive Order 9066 (ddr-densho-1000-57-35) - 00:05:49
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Encountering initial opposition to redress within the Japanese American community

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October 14, 1999

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Henry Miyatake

Henry Miyatake Interview V

03:05:49 — 35 segments

October 14, 1999

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born 1929 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, "independent thinker," and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the United States' treatment of racial minorities. His teacher refused to accept his paper, resulting in a failed grade and preventing him from graduating. Postwar, served in the U.S. Counterintelligence Corps, where he was privy to classified documents detailing the placement of spies in the incarceration camps. After leaving the military, he worked at the Boeing Company, where he fought against discriminatory workplace practices. He was also one of the earliest proponents of redress, doing the research, planning, and organizing for the "Seattle plan," the first highly developed plan for obtaining redress from the U.S. government for the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community. Mr. Miyatake passed away in September 2014.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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