Jim Akutsu

Nisei male. Born 1920 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resisted 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 JACL. Resettled in Seattle, Washington. Thought by some to be the model for the main character in John Okada's No-No Boy. Mr. Akutsu died in 1998.


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