Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 9

Father's background: immigrating to U.S. by way of Vancouver, B.C., Canada (ddr-jamsj-2-7-1) - 00:02:37
Father's decision to move to San Jose, California (ddr-jamsj-2-7-2) - 00:02:22
Description of early Japanese farmers in California (ddr-jamsj-2-7-3) - 00:03:57
Description of sharecropping style of farming (ddr-jamsj-2-7-4) - 00:01:55
Father's decision to form NKS, an agricultural partnership with two other Issei men (ddr-jamsj-2-7-5) - 00:05:05
Father dissolves agricultural partnership and buys his own land (ddr-jamsj-2-7-6) - 00:04:39
Description of mother and siblings (ddr-jamsj-2-7-7) - 00:02:05
As a child, being an interpreter for father in business dealings (ddr-jamsj-2-7-8) - 00:03:13
Working with non-Japanese laborers on family farm (ddr-jamsj-2-7-9) - 00:05:00
Establishment of "farming clusters" within the Japanese American community (ddr-jamsj-2-7-10) - 00:05:04
Impact of the alien land law on California's Japanese American agricultural community (ddr-jamsj-2-7-11) - 00:02:55
Family's specialization in pear growing (ddr-jamsj-2-7-12) - 00:05:20
The significance of Japanese farmers in the Santa Clara Valley (ddr-jamsj-2-7-13) - 00:03:15
Japanese farmers' innovations in agricultural equipment (ddr-jamsj-2-7-14) - 00:04:16
Description of Japanese produce farmers' selling and wholesale process (ddr-jamsj-2-7-15) - 00:05:18
Cooperative efforts amongst Japanese farmers: trade secrets, co-op (ddr-jamsj-2-7-16) - 00:06:30
Being searched by the FBI after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-jamsj-2-7-17) - 00:05:13
Preparing for mass removal: finding a neighbor to take care of property (ddr-jamsj-2-7-18) - 00:10:26
Journey to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California; description of conditions (ddr-jamsj-2-7-19) - 00:02:50
Working in an assembly center as a custodian of camp inmates'' property (ddr-jamsj-2-7-20) - 00:04:00
Moving to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming; eventually working for the agricultural department (ddr-jamsj-2-7-21) - 00:06:06
Working with farmers from different regions to develop concentration camp farm system (ddr-jamsj-2-7-22) - 00:07:33
Description of the camp agricultural program: growing Japanese vegetables for camp consumption (ddr-jamsj-2-7-23) - 00:09:48
Working to harvest produce grown in Heart Mountain's agricultural program (ddr-jamsj-2-7-24) - 00:06:26
Description of duties as agriculture superintendent (ddr-jamsj-2-7-25) - 00:02:39
Opening eyes with Heart Mountain's highly successful agricultural program (ddr-jamsj-2-7-26) - 00:02:32
Returning to San Jose before the West Coast was opened for Japanese Americans (ddr-jamsj-2-7-27) - 00:04:12
Returning to Japantown and family farm after the war (ddr-jamsj-2-7-28) - 00:04:12
(ddr-jamsj-2-7-29) - 00:01:49
Effect of the incarceration on Japanese American farmers (ddr-jamsj-2-7-30) - 00:04:12
Taking home video footage from inside a concentration camp (ddr-jamsj-2-7-31) - 00:06:31
The contributions of the Issei and Nisei farmers in the Santa Clara Valley, and thoughts about their future in agriculture (ddr-jamsj-2-7-32) - 00:06:11
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Working with non-Japanese laborers on family farm

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February 8, 2005

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Eiichi Edward Sakauye

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview

02:28:11 — 32 segments

February 8, 2005

San Jose, California

Nisei male. Born January 25, 1912, in San Jose, California. Grew up in San Jose, working on family's extensive farmholdings, and graduating from San Jose Teachers College. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. While at Heart Mountain, became the agriculture superintendent, and also obtained permission to shoot home movie footage from within the incarceration camp itself. After World War II, returned to San Jose and resumed farming. Served on the Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission for eighteen years, and was involved with the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. Mr. Sakauye passed away in November 2005.

Jiro Saito, interviewer; Mike Izumi, videographer

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