Isao Kikuchi Interview Segment 1

Origins of name (ddr-manz-1-71-1) -
Father's family background (ddr-manz-1-71-2) -
Losing mother at an early age (ddr-manz-1-71-3) -
Recreational activities while growing up: going swimming, working as a lifeguard (ddr-manz-1-71-4) -
Learning about different cultures (ddr-manz-1-71-5) -
Memories of family road trips (ddr-manz-1-71-6) -
Going to high school and being exposed to different ethnicities (ddr-manz-1-71-7) -
Out on a hunting excursion when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor (ddr-manz-1-71-8) -
Father's remarriage (ddr-manz-1-71-9) -
Father's involvement in a Japanese community association (ddr-manz-1-71-10) -
The day of "mass removal" (ddr-manz-1-71-11) -
Volunteering to help set up Manzanar (ddr-manz-1-71-12) -
Arriving at Manzanar and helping with the construction of the camp (ddr-manz-1-71-13) -
Witnessing a shooting between two military police officers (ddr-manz-1-71-14) -
Living quarters at Manzanar (ddr-manz-1-71-15) -
Seeing a confrontation between Nisei and Kibei (ddr-manz-1-71-16) -
Witnessing the Manzanar "riot" (ddr-manz-1-71-17) -
Describing the fallout from the Manzanar "riot" (ddr-manz-1-71-18) -
Description of the Manzanar "riot" (ddr-manz-1-71-19) -
Charges that members of the camp administration were stealing sugar (ddr-manz-1-71-20) -
Importance of sports in camp (ddr-manz-1-71-21) -
Plans to improve camp conditions over time (ddr-manz-1-71-22) -
Recollections of the early days of camp construction (ddr-manz-1-71-23) -
Lack of privacy in camp (ddr-manz-1-71-24) -
Witnessing a confrontation at a dance in camp (ddr-manz-1-71-25) -
Answering the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-manz-1-71-26) -
Making the decision to leave camp (ddr-manz-1-71-27) -
Relocating to Chicago and finding work (ddr-manz-1-71-28) -
Being drafted and serving in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (ddr-manz-1-71-29) -
Family's wartime experiences (ddr-manz-1-71-30) -
Pursuing art as a vocation (ddr-manz-1-71-31) -
Reflections (ddr-manz-1-71-32) -
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Origins of name

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May 15, 2009

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Isao Kikuchi

Isao Kikuchi Interview

02:40:08 — 32 segments

May 15, 2009

Los Angeles, California

Nisei male. Born December 9, 1921, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles. During World War II, volunteered to move to Manzanar concentration camp, California, early in order to help with the construction of the camp. After leaving camp, relocated to Chicago, Illinois. Drafted into the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and served overseas. Eventually returned to California.

Richard Potashin, interviewer; Kirk Peterson, videographer

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