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Sharon Tanagi Aburano Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-209)
vh Sharon Tanagi Aburano Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-209)
Nisei female. Born October 31, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. Family owned and operated a successful grocery store prior to World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp in 1944 to attend St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota. Worked ...
Asano Terao Interview II Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-109-12)
vh Asano Terao Interview II Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-109-12)
Visiting family in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese and was translated so as to convey Mrs. Terao's way of speaking as closely as possible. For example, there are instances in which she makes some grammatical errors. These mistakes are conveyed through similar grammatical errors in English in order to ...

Narrator Mako Nakagawa

Nisei female. Born February 1937 in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in Seattle. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington; Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho; and Crystal City internment camp, Texas. In the postwar years, became a teacher, principal, and multicultural specialist for Washington State's Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction. Developed and directed the Japanese ...

Narrator Masao Watanabe

Nisei male. Born December 10, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up near the Nihonmachi area of Seattle. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. In 1943, volunteered for the army while in camp. Served in Europe with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, L Company. Returned to Seattle after the war and ...

Narrator May Ota Higa

Nisei female. Born March 14, 1916, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle and Ellensburg, Washington, before going to Japan to teach just prior to the onset of World War II. Returned to Seattle in 1941, and was removed with family to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After the war, resettled in ...

Narrator Kay Aiko Abe

Nisei female. Born May 9, 1927, in Selleck, Washington. Spent much of childhood in Beaverton, Oregon, where father owned a farm. Influenced at an early age by parents' conversion to Christianity. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After the war, worked to establish a successful ...

Narrator Fumiko Uyeda Groves

Nisei female. Born 1933 in Seattle, Washington. Parents operated a store in the Sanitary Market (now known as the Pike Place Market). Father was very active in kenjinkai (prefectural organization) activities, both before and after World War II. Spent prewar childhood in and among Seattle's Japanese American community. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and ...
Hannah Lai Interview (ddr-densho-1000-324)
vh Hannah Lai Interview (ddr-densho-1000-324)
Nisei female. Born April 11, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where parents ran a hotel. Went to live in Japan for several years prior to World War II. During the war, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. While in Minidoka, recruited to teach elementary school, and ...
Gates Family Collection (ddr-densho-211)
Collection Gates Family Collection (ddr-densho-211)
The Gates Family Collection, 1942-1943, contains correspondence from the Matsuda and Morishita families to Mrs. Charles Gates. The Gates, Matsuda, and Morishita families were friends in Seattle, Washington before the outbreak of World War II and the correspondence covers the Matsuda's and Morishita's life at Puyallup "Camp Harmony" Assembly Center, Washington and later at Poston (Colorado ...
Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-2-7)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-2-7)
Memories of Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho: two instances of "escaping" from camp

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not ...

Victor Ikeda Interview (ddr-manz-1-23)
vh Victor Ikeda Interview (ddr-manz-1-23)
Nisei male. Born February 4, 1927, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle's Japantown area, where parents operated a hotel. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp to attend school in Minnesota, was drafted, and trained in the Military Intelligence Service Language ...

Narrator 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 ...

Narrator Emi Somekawa

Nisei female. Born May 10, 1918, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the small town of Brooks, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. Prior to World War II, became a nurse, married, and had a child. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and worked ...

Narrator Sharon Tanagi Aburano

Nisei female. Born October 31, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. Family owned and operated a successful grocery store prior to World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp in 1944 to attend St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota. Worked ...

Narrator Frank Shinichiro Tanabe

Nisei male. Born on August 10, 1919, in Osaka, Japan. Attended college at the University of Washington before being removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Established Tule Lake's newspaper, the Tulean Dispatch. Transferred to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, before resettling in Chicago. Drafted into the Military Intelligence ...

Narrator Kenji J. Yaguchi

Nisei male. Born December 22, 1922, in Tacoma, Washington. Grew up in the nearby town of Fife, Washington, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Was drafted into the military and served with the Combat Engineer Company of the 442nd Regimental Combat ...
Fumiko Hayashida Interview (ddr-densho-1001-1)
vh Fumiko Hayashida Interview (ddr-densho-1001-1)
Nisei female. Born January 21, 1911, in Winslow, Washington. Grew up in Japan and the Fletcher's Bay area of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Member of the first group of Japanese Americans to be forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated. Incarcerated at Manzanar concentration camp, California, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, while pregnant and caring for two ...
Louise Kashino Interview (ddr-densho-1000-31)
vh Louise Kashino Interview (ddr-densho-1000-31)
Nisei female. Born 1926 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled during the war in Chicago, Illinois, and returned to Seattle after the war. Member of Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee Women's Auxiliary. Successfully worked to get husband's wartime court-martial conviction vacated after his death.

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Frank Muramatsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-431)
vh Frank Muramatsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-431)
Nisei male. Born May 29, 1926, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the Portland area, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp to attend college in Des Moines, Iowa, and was drafted into the military. After military service, finished ...

Narrator Martha Nishitani

Nisei female. Born February 27, 1920, in Seattle, Washington. Family owned and operated the Oriental Gardens, the first nursery in Lake City. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. An award-winning modern dancer who established the Martha Nishitani Modern Dance School and Martha Nishitani Modern Dance Company, she also choreographs for modern ...

Narrator Gus Tanaka

Nisei male. Born August 3, 1923, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where father was a physician in Japantown. Was attending college prior to World War II. During the war, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp to attend college before being drafted in 1944. Served in ...

Narrator Frank Muramatsu

Nisei male. Born May 29, 1926, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the Portland area, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp to attend college in Des Moines, Iowa, and was drafted into the military. After military service, finished ...

Narrator Lillian Horita

Nisei female. Born November 9, 1929, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where parents ran a cleaning business. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, then to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Transferred to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp to attend school in Des Moines, Iowa, before eventually ...
Bain Collection (ddr-densho-2)
Collection Bain Collection (ddr-densho-2)
The Bain collection, 1920s-1940s, focuses on the daily and recreational activities of the Nishimura and Yorita families, originally from Seattle, Washington. This collection contains several photographs of farming, fishing, and swimming. The majority of the collection focuses on the incarceration of the two families at Minidoka, Idaho, and Tule Lake, California. Many photographs document their jewelry-making ...
Thomas T. Kobayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-238)
vh Thomas T. Kobayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-238)
Nisei male. Born September 4, 1916, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington prior to World War II. Fired from job at Seattle City Light after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. During the war, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Volunteered for ...
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