Roy Murakami Interview Segment 1

Born in Los Angeles, California (ddr-manz-1-59-1) -
Father's family background (ddr-manz-1-59-2) -
Early establishment of judo in the United States (ddr-manz-1-59-3) -
Father's judo philosophy (ddr-manz-1-59-4) -
Father's retail nursery business (ddr-manz-1-59-5) -
Mother's family background (ddr-manz-1-59-6) -
Father's establishment of a judo dojo (ddr-manz-1-59-7) -
Memories of prewar picnics (ddr-manz-1-59-8) -
Growing up in North Hollywood, Los Angeles (ddr-manz-1-59-9) -
Studying judo at a young age (ddr-manz-1-59-10) -
Growing up in Los Angeles (ddr-manz-1-59-11) -
Living in a diverse community as a child (ddr-manz-1-59-12) -
Parents' work in the U.S. before World War II (ddr-manz-1-59-13) -
Remembering FBI pick up of judo instructors (ddr-manz-1-59-14) -
Father's avoidance of the FBI round up (ddr-manz-1-59-15) -
Losing father's nursery at the start of the war (ddr-manz-1-59-16) -
State of the judo community in 1942 (ddr-manz-1-59-17) -
Memories of "evacuation day" (ddr-manz-1-59-18) -
First impressions of camp (ddr-manz-1-59-19) -
Father's job in camp as assistant superintendent (ddr-manz-1-59-20) -
Establishing a judo dojo in camp (ddr-manz-1-59-21) -
Controversy in camp (ddr-manz-1-59-22) -
Changes in camp after the so-called "riot" (ddr-manz-1-59-23) -
Father's role as the head judo instructor in camp (ddr-manz-1-59-24) -
Judo tournaments in camp (ddr-manz-1-59-25) -
Participating in judo tournaments in camp (ddr-manz-1-59-26) -
A visit in camp by former judo dojo leader (ddr-manz-1-59-27) -
Father's role as an internal policeman (ddr-manz-1-59-28) -
Working at the camp's chicken ranch (ddr-manz-1-59-29) -
Remembering alcohol brewing in camp (ddr-manz-1-59-30) -
Social activities and sports in camp (ddr-manz-1-59-31) -
Popularity of fishing in camp (ddr-manz-1-59-32) -
Celebrating holidays in camp (ddr-manz-1-59-33) -
Interacting with camp guards (ddr-manz-1-59-34) -
Meeting Japanese Americans from different parts of the country (ddr-manz-1-59-35) -
Returning to the West Coast after leaving camp (ddr-manz-1-59-36) -
Parents' reestablishment of nursery after the war (ddr-manz-1-59-37) -
Starting up a judo dojo after the war (ddr-manz-1-59-38) -
Parents become U.S. citizens (ddr-manz-1-59-39) -
Serving in the Korean War (ddr-manz-1-59-40) -
Continuing involvement in judo (ddr-manz-1-59-41) -
Reflections (ddr-manz-1-59-42) -
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Born in Los Angeles, California

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Roy Murakami

Roy Murakami Interview

02:42:28 — 42 segments

January 8, 2009

Los Angeles, California

Nisei male. Born January 15, 1931, in Los Angeles, California. Prior to World War II, father was a community leader who helped to establish the first judo dojo in Los Angeles. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Following the war, served in the military during the Korean War, and eventually returned to California.

Richard Potashin, interviewer; Kirk Peterson, videographer

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