Yoshimi Matsuura Interview Segment 1

Born in Fowler, California (ddr-densho-1014-6-1) - 00:03:10
Father's family background: immigrating possibly to avoid military conscription (ddr-densho-1014-6-2) - 00:06:24
Parents' marriage: mother lived with father's family "in training" (ddr-densho-1014-6-3) - 00:03:03
Description of parents, siblings (ddr-densho-1014-6-4) - 00:05:28
Attending church, Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1014-6-5) - 00:06:07
Learning English upon starting school (ddr-densho-1014-6-6) - 00:01:51
Interactions between Japanese and Armenian communities (ddr-densho-1014-6-7) - 00:08:14
Recreational activities as a child (ddr-densho-1014-6-8) - 00:03:16
Participating in sports (ddr-densho-1014-6-9) - 00:04:55
Working on family farm while waiting turn to attend college (ddr-densho-1014-6-10) - 00:04:01
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor: changed relationships with friends (ddr-densho-1014-6-11) - 00:06:48
Getting married while preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-1014-6-12) - 00:05:55
Remembering some acts of kindness from friends and neighbors (ddr-densho-1014-6-13) - 00:03:58
Meeting Japanese Americans who moved inland hoping to avoid mass removal (ddr-densho-1014-6-14) - 00:02:54
Feeling bitter over huge economic losses due to mass removal (ddr-densho-1014-6-15) - 00:04:04
Father's arrest by the FBI (ddr-densho-1014-6-16) - 00:07:13
Working as an assistant block manager in camp (ddr-densho-1014-6-17) - 00:08:16
Adjusting to life in camp (ddr-densho-1014-6-18) - 00:02:24
Working for a camouflage factory (ddr-densho-1014-6-19) - 00:04:56
Leaving camp with the National Youth Administration (NYA), finding out that enrollment was terminated (ddr-densho-1014-6-20) - 00:08:44
Having difficulty finding housing (ddr-densho-1014-6-21) - 00:09:06
Working hard, creating opportunities for advancement (ddr-densho-1014-6-22) - 00:08:15
Dealing with blatant racism (ddr-densho-1014-6-23) - 00:06:38
Being hospitalized with appendicitis (ddr-densho-1014-6-24) - 00:04:23
Being drafted, choosing to join the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-1014-6-25) - 00:06:25
Serving overseas with the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-1014-6-26) - 00:05:28
Experiences serving in Japan (ddr-densho-1014-6-27) - 00:05:27
Returning to Minneapolis, working for a manufacturing company (ddr-densho-1014-6-28) - 00:07:05
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ddr-densho-1014-6-1 (Legacy UID: denshovh-myoshimi-01-0001)

Born in Fowler, California

00:03:10 — Segment 1 of 28

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June 17, 2009

Twin Cities JACL Collection

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Yoshimi Matsuura

Yoshimi Matsuura Interview

02:34:28 — 28 segments

June 17, 2009

Bloomington, Minnesota

Nisei male. Born May 3, 1918, in Fowler, California. Grew up in Fowler, eventually running family's farm prior to World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, married and was removed to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. Left camp for Minneapolis, Minnesota, to join the National Youth Administration (NYA) for training. Upon arrival, was informed that the Japanese Americans' enrollment in the program had been terminated. Drafted into military service and served with the Military Intelligence Service in the Philippines and Japan. Returned and settled permanently in Minneapolis.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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