Willie K. Ito Interview Segment 14

Father's family background: born in Hawaii (ddr-manz-1-149-1) -
Mother's family background (ddr-manz-1-149-2) -
Growing up in San Francisco (ddr-manz-1-149-3) -
First becoming interested in drawing and Disney (ddr-manz-1-149-4) -
The importance of growing up in San Francisco's Japantown (ddr-manz-1-149-5) -
Father's home movies of the family (ddr-manz-1-149-6) -
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-manz-1-149-7) -
Witnessing FBI's raid on family's home (ddr-manz-1-149-8) -
Hearing community rumors about having to leave home (ddr-manz-1-149-9) -
Memories of the Tanforan Assembly Center, California (ddr-manz-1-149-10) -
Arriving in Topaz, dealing with extreme weather conditions (ddr-manz-1-149-11) -
Attending school in camp (ddr-manz-1-149-12) -
Father's barbershop in camp (ddr-manz-1-149-13) -
Hearing about a shooting in camp (ddr-manz-1-149-14) -
Coping with living conditions in camp, building gardens (ddr-manz-1-149-15) -
Father's relationships with both Nisei and Kibei (ddr-manz-1-149-16) -
Grandfather's passing in camp (ddr-manz-1-149-17) -
Collaborating on a children's book about the camp experience with a close friend (ddr-manz-1-149-18) -
Returning to San Francisco and witnessing changes in the Japantown area (ddr-manz-1-149-19) -
Applying for a job as a cartoonist at Walt Disney Productions (ddr-manz-1-149-20) -
Remembering a mentor and friend, Iwao Takamoto (ddr-manz-1-149-21) -
Involvement with the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Guild (ddr-manz-1-149-22) -
Sharing wartime experiences with others (ddr-manz-1-149-23) -
Reflections (ddr-manz-1-149-24) -
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Hearing about a shooting in camp

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Willie K. Ito

Willie K. Ito Interview

03:39:10 — 24 segments

December 5, 2013

Los Angeles, California

Sansei male. Born 1934 in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, where he developed an early interest in Disney and the art of cartooning. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, returned to San Francisco. Established a long career working for Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers.

Kristen Luetkemeier, interviewer; Whitney Peterson, videographer

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