Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 3

Family background: born in Japan; father's unorthodox arrival in the United States (ddr-densho-1002-2-1) - 00:09:54
Difficulty of losing father at an early age (ddr-densho-1002-2-2) - 00:02:35
Growing up with sister as the only people of Japanese ancestry in a small town (ddr-densho-1002-2-3) - 00:04:02
Attending the University of Washington prewar, deciding to major in banking and finance (ddr-densho-1002-2-4) - 00:05:39
Thoughts on the bombing of Pearl Harbor, memories of anti-Japanese sentiment in the American press (ddr-densho-1002-2-5) - 00:07:01
Thoughts on the Japanese American Citizens League and the organization's involvement in the World War II incarceration (ddr-densho-1002-2-6) - 00:13:12
Memories of Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho: two instances of "escaping" from camp (ddr-densho-1002-2-7) - 00:06:33
Working for a ditch repair crew in Minidoka (ddr-densho-1002-2-8) - 00:05:44
Helping to set up a rationing office in camp (ddr-densho-1002-2-9) - 00:08:34
Frustration with the registration questions involving renouncing allegiance to Japan (ddr-densho-1002-2-10) - 00:06:46
Leaving camp in 1944 for employment on the East Coast (ddr-densho-1002-2-11) - 00:03:49
Involvement in a plot to murder a Nisei in camp (ddr-densho-1002-2-12) - 00:11:34
Working in the Minidoka fire department (ddr-densho-1002-2-13) - 00:08:28
Thoughts about the incarceration in retrospect: "it should never have happened" (ddr-densho-1002-2-14) - 00:03:02
Feeling somber upon hearing of Japan's defeat (ddr-densho-1002-2-15) - 00:02:06
(ddr-densho-1002-2-16) - 00:05:46
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Growing up with sister as the only people of Japanese ancestry in a small town

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding the resistance movement itself.

00:04:02 — Segment 3 of 16

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September 28, 1992

Emiko and Chizuko Omori Collection

Emiko and Chizuko Omori Collection

Courtesy of Emiko and Chizuko Omori

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Shosuke Sasaki

Shosuke Sasaki Interview

01:42:25 — 16 segments

September 28, 1992

Seattle, Washington

Issei male. Born 1912 in Yamaguchi ken, Japan. Immigrated to United States in 1919. Lived in Pomeroy, Washington, and Seattle, Washington, before World War II. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled in New York. As a member of the Newspaper Guild, led effort to eliminate pejorative use of "Jap" in newspapers. Was a strong critic of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). After moving to Seattle, was active in formulating the "Seattle Plan" for redress in the early 1970s.

(This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding the resistance movement itself.)

Chizu Omori, interviewer; Emiko Omori, interviewer; Emiko Omori and Paul Mailman, videographer

Emiko and Chizuko Omori Collection

Courtesy of Emiko and Chizuko Omori

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