Bill Watanabe Interview Segment 1

Father's family background (ddr-densho-1003-9-1) -
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1003-9-2) -
Mother, born in California, goes to Japan as a child (ddr-densho-1003-9-3) -
Parents' prewar flower business (ddr-densho-1003-9-4) -
Parents' marriage (ddr-densho-1003-9-5) -
Father's early life in the U.S. (ddr-densho-1003-9-6) -
Description of mother's siblings (ddr-densho-1003-9-7) -
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1003-9-8) -
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Parents' good relationship with owner of family's farm (ddr-densho-1003-9-10) -
Family's preparations for mass removal (ddr-densho-1003-9-11) -
Not talking very much with family about wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1003-9-12) -
Born in Manzanar (ddr-densho-1003-9-13) -
The effects of the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" on family (ddr-densho-1003-9-14) -
Family transfers to Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1003-9-15) -
Leaving camp and returning to Los Angeles (ddr-densho-1003-9-16) -
Parents work to rebuild after the war (ddr-densho-1003-9-17) -
Parents buy land and resume farming (ddr-densho-1003-9-18) -
Hearing about family burying items before the war (ddr-densho-1003-9-19) -
Early childhood memories (ddr-densho-1003-9-20) -
Attending Japanese school (ddr-densho-1003-9-21) -
Attending church (ddr-densho-1003-9-22) -
Going to school (ddr-densho-1003-9-23) -
Exceling in school (ddr-densho-1003-9-24) -
Attending high school with students of different ethnicities (ddr-densho-1003-9-25) -
Visiting Los Angeles' Little Tokyo (ddr-densho-1003-9-26) -
Positive experiences in high school (ddr-densho-1003-9-27) -
Brother's passing at an early age (ddr-densho-1003-9-28) -
Graduating from college (ddr-densho-1003-9-29) -
Moving to Japan (ddr-densho-1003-9-30) -
Reflecting on Japanese American identity (ddr-densho-1003-9-31) -
Becoming involved with the Little Tokyo Service Center (ddr-densho-1003-9-32) -
Reflections (ddr-densho-1003-9-33) -
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Father's family background

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 8, 2012

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Bill Watanabe

Bill Watanabe Interview

03:19:14 — 33 segments

February 8, 2012

Los Angeles, California

Nisei male. Born January 5, 1944, in the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After World War II, left camp with family for the Los Angeles area, where parents had lived before the war. Established a career as an engineer. Active in the Little Tokyo Service Center.

(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.)

Sharon Yamato, interviewer; Tani Ikeda, videographer

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