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Nellie Mitani Interview Segment 1

Family background (ddr-manz-1-88-1) - 00:07:57
Mother's family background (ddr-manz-1-88-2) - 00:04:03
Description of siblings (ddr-manz-1-88-3) - 00:04:05
Family's farm in Arizona (ddr-manz-1-88-4) - 00:03:20
Helping on the family's farm (ddr-manz-1-88-5) - 00:03:32
Growing up with other Japanese American farming families (ddr-manz-1-88-6) - 00:04:46
Attending church and Japanese language school (ddr-manz-1-88-7) - 00:05:20
Celebrating holidays (ddr-manz-1-88-8) - 00:05:12
Using a traditional Japanese bath on family farm (ddr-manz-1-88-9) - 00:03:43
Attending high school (ddr-manz-1-88-10) - 00:04:41
Feeling little discrimination in community (ddr-manz-1-88-11) - 00:02:09
Attending college and meeting future husband (ddr-manz-1-88-12) - 00:07:11
Getting married (ddr-manz-1-88-13) - 00:04:32
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, dealing with curfew (ddr-manz-1-88-14) - 00:04:56
Preparing for mass removal, receiving help from church community (ddr-manz-1-88-15) - 00:04:53
Going to camp early to help set it up (ddr-manz-1-88-16) - 00:04:44
First impressions of camp, helping new arrivals (ddr-manz-1-88-17) - 00:03:03
Family members in Arizona do not have to go to camp (ddr-manz-1-88-18) - 00:03:32
Coping with lack of privacy in camp (ddr-manz-1-88-19) - 00:04:52
Husband's role helping to set up the Christian church in camp (ddr-manz-1-88-20) - 00:03:09
Husband's arrest by FBI while in camp (ddr-manz-1-88-21) - 00:06:28
Husband's work with the camp administration before he was picked up (ddr-manz-1-88-22) - 00:05:45
Reuniting with husband in Crystal City (ddr-manz-1-88-23) - 00:03:51
Description of Crystal City (ddr-manz-1-88-24) - 00:01:27
Transferring to the Gila River concentration camp (ddr-manz-1-88-25) - 00:05:20
Father's work building homes in Japan (ddr-manz-1-88-26) - 00:05:02
Reflections (ddr-manz-1-88-27) - 00:02:01
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February 5, 2010

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Nellie Mitani

Nellie Mitani Interview

01:59:34 — 27 segments

February 5, 2010

Pasadena, California

Nisei female. Born January 31, 1919, in Mesa, Arizona. Grew up in Arizona, where family ran a produce farm. Attended college, and after marrying husband, a Buddhist minister, moved to Bakersfield, California. During World War II, removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. While in Poston, husband was picked up by the FBI and transferred to Crystal City incarceration camp, Texas, so Ms. Mitani moved to join her husband. They were then both transferred to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. After the war, eventually returned to California.

Richard Potashin, interviewer; Kirk Peterson, videographer

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