Charlie Matsubara - Mary Matsubara - Evelyn Togami Interview Segment 1

Birth dates and places (ddr-densho-1009-3-1) - 00:02:14
Mary and Evelyn's family background (ddr-densho-1009-3-2) - 00:06:10
Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico (ddr-densho-1009-3-3) - 00:04:54
Growing up with families with different ethnic backgrounds (ddr-densho-1009-3-4) - 00:03:26
Charlie's fondness for singing (ddr-densho-1009-3-5) - 00:07:44
Mary and Evelyn's memories of hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1009-3-6) - 00:02:51
Leaving California and returning to New Mexico in a car caravan (ddr-densho-1009-3-7) - 00:04:27
Being threatened on the car trip to New Mexico (ddr-densho-1009-3-8) - 00:07:24
Mary's job working for a family during the war (ddr-densho-1009-3-9) - 00:05:03
Changes in Albuquerque during the war (ddr-densho-1009-3-10) - 00:06:44
Mary's work as a bookkeeper (ddr-densho-1009-3-11) - 00:08:42
Charlie's family background (ddr-densho-1009-3-12) - 00:07:08
Charlie's father's prewar businesses: miso producer and flower shop (ddr-densho-1009-3-13) - 00:04:35
Growing up in Los Angeles's Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1009-3-14) - 00:06:28
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1009-3-15) - 00:07:13
Charlie and brother remain in California while family moved to Albuquerque (ddr-densho-1009-3-16) - 00:05:36
First impressions of Manzanar: living with other bachelors (ddr-densho-1009-3-17) - 00:07:34
Going out of camp on work leave to harvest sugar beets (ddr-densho-1009-3-18) - 00:09:13
Feeling obligated to answer "yes" to the so-called "loyalty questions" (ddr-densho-1009-3-19) - 00:03:50
Leaving camp and joining family (ddr-densho-1009-3-20) - 00:04:55
Learning farming in New Mexico (ddr-densho-1009-3-21) - 00:02:33
Looking back on wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1009-3-22) - 00:04:32
Hearing about Department of Justice camps in New Mexico during the war (ddr-densho-1009-3-23) - 00:04:44
Reflections (ddr-densho-1009-3-24) - 00:05:27
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Birth dates and places

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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May 28, 2012

New Mexico JACL Collection

New Mexico JACL Collection

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Charlie Matsubara
Mary Matsubara
Evelyn Togami

Charlie Matsubara - Mary Matsubara - Evelyn Togami Interview

02:13:27 — 24 segments

May 28, 2012

Albuquerque, New Mexico

This interview was conducted with husband and wife Charlie and Mary Matsubara, and Mary's sister Evelyn Togami. Charlie was born June 3, 1920, in San Francisco, California. Mary was born January 3, 1922, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Evelyn was born December 9, 1920, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mary and Evelyn were living in California with their family when World War II broke out, and the family decided to caravan with several other Japanese American families back to New Mexico, where they remained throughout the war. Charlie was living in Los Angeles when the war started, and he and his brother stayed behind in California to settle property and belongings while the rest of the family moved to Albuquerque to avoid incarceration. Charlie and his brother were sent to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Charlie eventually left camp to join his family in New Mexico.

(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.)

Danielle Corcoran, interviewer

New Mexico JACL Collection

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