Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 1

Grandparents' immigration story (ddr-jamsj-2-3-1) - 00:04:26
Family background: parents born in U.S. (ddr-jamsj-2-3-2) - 00:02:31
Father's involvement in community activities: sumo wrestling (ddr-jamsj-2-3-3) - 00:03:23
Grandparents' prewar business: restaurant and store (ddr-jamsj-2-3-4) - 00:03:29
Description of family's store in prewar San Jose Japantown (ddr-jamsj-2-3-5) - 00:08:43
(ddr-jamsj-2-3-6) - 00:02:50
(ddr-jamsj-2-3-7) - 00:03:48
Family's difficulties following the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-jamsj-2-3-8) - 00:02:07
Memories of being a child in camp (ddr-jamsj-2-3-9) - 00:05:59
Financial impact of mass removal on family business (ddr-jamsj-2-3-10) - 00:02:51
Returning home after the war, restarting the family business (ddr-jamsj-2-3-11) - 00:01:56
Attending school after the war (ddr-jamsj-2-3-12) - 00:03:29
Postwar life in San Jose's Japantown: active in the merchants association, getting married (ddr-jamsj-2-3-13) - 00:06:33
(ddr-jamsj-2-3-14) - 00:03:16
Getting involved in the family business postwar (ddr-jamsj-2-3-15) - 00:03:15
Thoughts on running a family business (ddr-jamsj-2-3-16) - 00:03:34
Typical working conditions at Dobashi Market: hundred-pound rice sacks (ddr-jamsj-2-3-17) - 00:02:56
Thoughts on running a business in the changing Japantown community (ddr-jamsj-2-3-18) - 00:04:51
The future of the Dobashi Market (ddr-jamsj-2-3-19) - 00:02:43
Changes in the Japanese grocery market over the years (ddr-jamsj-2-3-20) - 00:06:30
Changes in Dobashi Market over the years (ddr-jamsj-2-3-21) - 00:04:06
(ddr-jamsj-2-3-22) - 00:01:53
Present-day interior and exterior shots of the Dobashi Market (ddr-jamsj-2-3-23) - 00:06:00
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Grandparents' immigration story

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

00:04:26 — Segment 1 of 23

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October 29, 2004

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Perry Dobashi

Perry Dobashi Interview

01:31:09 — 23 segments

October 29, 2004

San Jose, California

Sansei male. Born in 1938 in San Jose, California. Raised in San Jose, where parents and grandparents owned a store in Japantown. Removed to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and then to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Returned to San Jose after the war, where family reestablished their business, the Dobashi Market. Mr. Dobashi eventually took over the business, and it is still in existence.

(This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.)

Jeff Kuwano, interviewer; Mike Izumi, videographer

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Courtesy of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose

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