Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 15

Family background: parents' immigration from Japan (ddr-jamsj-2-4-1) -
Parents' decision to elope (ddr-jamsj-2-4-2) -
Family's grocery store in Salinas's Little Japantown (ddr-jamsj-2-4-3) -
Memories of Salinas's Japantown community (ddr-jamsj-2-4-4) -
First encounter with discrimination at a neighborhood swimming pool (ddr-jamsj-2-4-5) -
Description of siblings: one of ten children (ddr-jamsj-2-4-6) -
Attending Buddhist church as a child (ddr-jamsj-2-4-7) -
Attending Japanese language school as a child (ddr-jamsj-2-4-8) -
The bombing of Pearl Harbor: remembering parents' reactions (ddr-jamsj-2-4-9) -
Returning to school after Pearl Harbor: classmates "turned against me"; father taken in FBI raid (ddr-jamsj-2-4-10) -
Moving from town to town before mass removal (ddr-jamsj-2-4-11) -
Recollections of the crowded journey to Poston concentration camp, Colorado (ddr-jamsj-2-4-12) -
Conditions at Poston concentration camp: heat, lack of privacy (ddr-jamsj-2-4-13) -
Recreational activities in concentration camp: attending school (ddr-jamsj-2-4-14) -
Unpleasant memories of a fellow camp inmate's suicide (ddr-jamsj-2-4-15) -
Singing and performing in camp (ddr-jamsj-2-4-16) -
Financial impact of incarceration on family business (ddr-jamsj-2-4-17) -
Leaving camp for Denver, Colorado (ddr-jamsj-2-4-18) -
Opening a Chinese restaurant in San Jose, California, after World War II (ddr-jamsj-2-4-19) -
Thoughts on living in San Jose, California, postwar (ddr-jamsj-2-4-20) -
Visiting a hostel for returning Japanese Americans postwar (ddr-jamsj-2-4-21) -
Description of family's Chinese restaurant (ddr-jamsj-2-4-22) -
Getting married; working with husband and family in restaurant (ddr-jamsj-2-4-23) -
Establishment of a gambling room in family's restaurant (ddr-jamsj-2-4-24) -
Description of family restaurant and the Japanese American community (ddr-jamsj-2-4-25) -
Family restaurant's way of giving back to the community (ddr-jamsj-2-4-26) -
Reflections on Japantown businesses (ddr-jamsj-2-4-27) -
Present-day walk-through of site of family business, the Mandarin Restaurant (ddr-jamsj-2-4-28) -
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Unpleasant memories of a fellow camp inmate's suicide

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.

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November 1, 2004

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Mollie Nakasaki

Mollie Nakasaki Interview

01:13:45 — 28 segments

November 1, 2004

San Jose, California

Nisei female. Born November 17, 1930, in Salinas, California. Grew up in Salinas's Japantown community before moving to various towns in California after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Removed to Poston concentration camp, Colorado. Left camp with family for Denver, Colorado, in 1945 before returning to California and establishing the Mandarin Restaurant in San Jose's Japantown.

(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.)

Jiro Saito, interviewer; Mike Izumi, videographer

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