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Mas Akiyama (ddr-densho-1000-188)
vh Mas Akiyama (ddr-densho-1000-188)
Nisei male. Born May 19, 1917, in Eastport, Idaho, and spent childhood in Spokane, Washington. In 1933 traveled to Japan with family where father became ill and died. Attended school in Japan for three years and then returned to Spokane in 1936 and worked on a farm. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, volunteered for military ...
Henry Sakamoto Interview (ddr-one-7-33)
vh Henry Sakamoto Interview (ddr-one-7-33)
Nisei male. Born January 27, 1927, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland where parents ran a hotel business. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, attended college in Cleveland, Ohio, before eventually returning to Portland.

(This material is based upon work assisted ...

Kay Teramura Interview (ddr-one-7-41)
vh Kay Teramura Interview (ddr-one-7-41)
Nisei male. Grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, returned to Oregon and resumed farming.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park ...

Ruth Sasaki Interview (ddr-one-7-64)
vh Ruth Sasaki Interview (ddr-one-7-64)
Nisei female. Born April 6, 1929, in the Dalles, Oregon. Grew up in the Gresham-Troutdale area of Oregon, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, married and raised a family in Ontario, Oregon.

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Kenji Onishi Interview (ddr-one-7-62)
vh Kenji Onishi Interview (ddr-one-7-62)
Nisei male. Born April 24, 1927, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the Portland area, where father worked for the railroad. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, served in the military and eventually returned to Portland and became a teacher.

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Masuko Oyama Interview (ddr-one-7-51)
vh Masuko Oyama Interview (ddr-one-7-51)
Nisei female. Born February 21, 1927, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland where parents ran a hotel business. During World War II, removed with family the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, attended high school for a time in Salt Lake City, Utah, before returning to Portland.

(This ...

Yoneko Hara Interview (ddr-one-7-22)
vh Yoneko Hara Interview (ddr-one-7-22)
Nisei female. Born September 12, 1922, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland where family ran a greenhouse business. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, eventually returned to Portland.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department ...

Don Maeda Interview (ddr-densho-1014-15)
vh Don Maeda Interview (ddr-densho-1014-15)
Nisei male. Born November 28, 1924, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle prior to World War II. During the war, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Drafted into the military while in camp and received a deferrment in order to help relocate family. Resettled in St. Paul, Minnesota. ...
Isao Yamashita Interview (ddr-densho-1001-26)
vh Isao Yamashita Interview (ddr-densho-1001-26)
Nisei male. Born 1924. Grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, later transferring to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Volunteered for the military, and served as replacement for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Eventually returned to Bainbridge Island.

(This material is based upon work assisted by ...

Yone Bartholomew Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-5)
vh Yone Bartholomew Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-5)
Nisei female. Born 1906 in Bedderavia, California. Was given for adoption by her parents to a couple who could not have children of their own. Grew up on family farm, was one of the oldest Nisei in the Santa Barbara area of California. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Widow of ...
May Y. Namba Interview (ddr-densho-1000-171)
vh May Y. Namba Interview (ddr-densho-1000-171)
Nisei female. Born May 12, 1922, in Seattle, Washington. Spent brief time in Japan as a young child, then returned to Seattle. Worked as a clerk in the Seattle School District until the onset of World War II, then was forced to resign under pressure from parent groups. Removed with family to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, ...
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-152)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-152)
Nisei female. Born May 30, 1933, in Hood River, Oregon. Raised in the Hood River valley on family farm. After December 7, 1941, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and then to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. In 1943, moved with family to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, before leaving camp for Chicago, Illinois, ...

Narrator Tosh Yasutake

Nisei male. Born 1922 in Seattle, WA. Father was employed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as interpreter for twenty years, until he was separated from family on December 7, 1941, and interned as an enemy alien. Graduated 1941, Cleveland High School, and attended University of Washington before being removed from Seattle with mother, sister ...
Mihara Collection (ddr-densho-140)
Collection Mihara Collection (ddr-densho-140)
The Mihara Collection features photographs of the Mihara family as well as the personal correspondence written by Genji Mihara to his wife during his World War II imprisonment in various detention camps. Mihara, a prominent Issei leader of the Japanese American community, was arrested immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ...
Sab Akiyama Interview (ddr-one-7-48)
vh Sab Akiyama Interview (ddr-one-7-48)
Nisei male. Born April 7, 1924, in Oak Grove, Oregon. Grew up in the Hood River, Oregon, area, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, was removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army during the ...
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-112)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-112)
Issei female. Born 1907 in Shimonoseki, Japan. Attended school in Japan, and was encouraged by father to study English. Married a Buddhist minister and immigrated to the United States. Lived in Fresno, California, then returned to Japan for two years. Moved to Seattle, Washington, where husband was a minister at the Seattle Buddhist Temple. During World ...

Narrator Minoru Yasui

Nisei male. Born October 19, 1916, in Hood River, Oregon. Earned a law degree from the University of Oregon law school and was practicing law prior to World War II. In 1942, deliberately defied the curfew imposed upon Japanese Americans in Portland, Oregon, and was arrested. His case was tried, and he was sentenced to one ...

Narrator Henry Miyatake

Nisei male. Born April 28, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, "independent thinker," and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the ...

Narrator Nobu Suzuki

Nisei female. Born 1909 in Seattle, Washington. Father established one of the largest oyster companies in the United States prior to World War II. Graduated from Garfield High School, the University of Washington, and then the Pacific School of Religion where she earned a master's degree in religious education. At the outbreak of WWII, assisted Nikkei ...

Narrator Betty Fumiye Ito

Nisei female. Born April 29, 1918, in Seattle, Washington, and spent childhood in Medina and Bellevue, Washington. While in high school was a member of the Bellevue Strawberry Festival's Queen's Court. In 1939 married Kenji Ito, a prominent Japanese American lawyer who practiced in Seattle. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, recounts her experiences as her ...
Shosuke Sasaki Interview (ddr-densho-1002-2)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview (ddr-densho-1002-2)
Issei male. Born 1912 in Yamaguchi ken, Japan. Immigrated to United States in 1919. Lived in Pomeroy, Washington, and Seattle, Washington, before World War II. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled in New York. As a member of the Newspaper Guild, led effort to eliminate pejorative use of ...
Jim Akutsu Interview (ddr-densho-122-12)
vh Jim Akutsu Interview (ddr-densho-122-12)
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, ...
Kenji J. Yaguchi Interview (ddr-one-7-63)
vh Kenji J. Yaguchi Interview (ddr-one-7-63)
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 ...
Emi Somekawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-378)
vh Emi Somekawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-378)
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 ...
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-77)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-77)
Toru Sakahara, Nisei male. Born 1916 in Fife, Washington. Kiyo Kamikawa Sakahara, Nisei female. Born 1920 in South Park, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Sakahara were married shortly before mass removal in 1942 so they wouldn't be separated during the war. Both were incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled during the ...
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