Akiko Okuno Interview Segment 25

Mother's family background: teacher in Japan (ddr-manz-1-133-1) -
Oldest sister was born and raised in Japan (ddr-manz-1-133-2) -
Father's family background: samurai family (ddr-manz-1-133-3) -
Parents' meeting and marriage (ddr-manz-1-133-4) -
Parents' early life in the U.S. raising children (ddr-manz-1-133-5) -
Growing up close to non-Japanese American neighbors (ddr-manz-1-133-6) -
Mother's role as a prewar Japanese language school teacher (ddr-manz-1-133-7) -
Memories of Japanese children's stories and songs (ddr-manz-1-133-8) -
Interest in arts: music and singing (ddr-manz-1-133-9) -
Driving into town in the family's car (ddr-manz-1-133-10) -
Memories of elementary school and friends (ddr-manz-1-133-11) -
Description of family's home (ddr-manz-1-133-12) -
Attending high school, planning for college (ddr-manz-1-133-13) -
Destroying family's belongings after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-manz-1-133-14) -
Hearing about arrests within the Japanese American community after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-manz-1-133-15) -
The shock of being shunned by best friend after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-manz-1-133-16) -
Hearing about violent attacks in the community (ddr-manz-1-133-17) -
Preparing for mass removal: selling cars (ddr-manz-1-133-18) -
Leaving family's dog behind during mass removal (ddr-manz-1-133-19) -
First impressions of camp: typhoid inoculation, lack of privacy (ddr-manz-1-133-20) -
Remembering the train ride to Poston (ddr-manz-1-133-21) -
First impressions of Poston: heat and dust (ddr-manz-1-133-22) -
Working in the camp mess hall (ddr-manz-1-133-23) -
Memories of the mess hall (ddr-manz-1-133-24) -
Father's illness in camp (ddr-manz-1-133-25) -
Attending school in camp (ddr-manz-1-133-26) -
Father's hospitalization in camp (ddr-manz-1-133-27) -
Corresponding with a friend from before the war (ddr-manz-1-133-28) -
Hearing about conflict and uprisings in camp (ddr-manz-1-133-29) -
Working for the block managers in camp (ddr-manz-1-133-30) -
Memories of animals in camp (ddr-manz-1-133-31) -
Leaving camp to attend college (ddr-manz-1-133-32) -
Working for and living with a family while attending college (ddr-manz-1-133-33) -
Returning to camp to visit parents (ddr-manz-1-133-34) -
Moving to California and training as a medical technician (ddr-manz-1-133-35) -
Meeting future husband and getting married (ddr-manz-1-133-36) -
Visiting historic sites on the East Coast (ddr-manz-1-133-37) -
Description of father's funeral (ddr-manz-1-133-38) -
Building a home (ddr-manz-1-133-39) -
Description of children (ddr-manz-1-133-40) -
Meeting older sister in Japan (ddr-manz-1-133-41) -
Speaking to schoolchildren about wartime experiences (ddr-manz-1-133-42) -
Mother's life after World War II (ddr-manz-1-133-43) -
Reflections: the importance of faith (ddr-manz-1-133-44) -
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Father's illness in camp

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January 30, 2013

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Akiko Okuno

Akiko Okuno Interview

04:51:31 — 44 segments

January 30, 2013

Saratoga, California

Nisei female. Born 1926 in Gilroy, California. Grew up in the Gilroy area, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Left camp to attend university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, eventually becoming a medical technician. After the war, returned to California.

Kristen Luetkemeier, interviewer; Alisa Lynch, videographer

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