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Jim Akutsu

Nisei male. Born January 25, 1920, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resisted the draft, with the rationale that the U.S. government had classified him 4-C, an enemy alien, and he was therefore under no obligation to serve. Imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington. Vocal critic of the Japanese American Citizens League. Resettled in Seattle, Washington. Thought by some to be the model for the main character in John Okada's No-No Boy.

Interviews

Jim Akutsu Interview — ddr-densho-122-12
August 28, 1993. Seattle, Washington.
00:43:33 — 17 segments.
Jim Akutsu Interview — ddr-densho-1000-2
June 9 & 12, 1997. Seattle, Washington.
03:55:15 — 52 segments.
Jim Akutsu
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