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Narrator Midori Suzuki

Nisei female. Grew up in Half Moon Bay, California. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah.

Narrator Michiko Wada

Nisei female. Born in California. Grew up in Watts, California, where parents ran a grocery business. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," transferred to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, returned to Los Angeles.

Narrator Joyce Okazaki

Sansei female. Grew up in Los Angeles, California, and was a young child when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. During World War II, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. While in camp, was photographed by renowned photographer Ansel Adams. After leaving camp, lived for a time in Chicago before family eventually returned ...
Misako Shigekawa Interview (ddr-manz-1-74)
vh Misako Shigekawa Interview (ddr-manz-1-74)
Nisei female. Born January 2, 1909, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in California, attending the University of Southern California before World War II and graduating with a degree in pharmacy. Married and was living in Terminal Island, California, when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After being removed from Terminal Island, moved to ...
Iku Kiriyama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-251)
vh Iku Kiriyama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-251)
Sansei female. Born November 12, 1939, in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed as a small child to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, returned to California with family, where parents established a nursery business in Torrance, California. Graduated from the University of Southern California, and worked as a teacher. Integral in ...
Report of the California Joint Immigration Committee (ddr-densho-35-414)
doc Report of the California Joint Immigration Committee (ddr-densho-35-414)
California Joint Immigration Committee report titled: "Quota For Japan As A Remedy For Misunderstanding And Promoter Of Trade."
Phyllis Fechner Interview (ddr-manz-1-81)
vh Phyllis Fechner Interview (ddr-manz-1-81)
Caucasian female. Born July 8, 1930, in Fullerton, California. Grew up in Bishop, California. Remembers vising the Manzanar concentration camp, California, during World War II.

Narrator Elaine Ishikawa Hayes

Nisei female. Born June 30, 1923, in Willows, California. Grew up in Sacramento, California, prior to World War II. During the war, was removed to the Sacramento Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to attend college in Wisconsin, and later moved to Chicago, Illinois. Post-World War II, was active in ...

Narrator James Sakamoto

Nisei male. Born April 18, 1924, in Mayfield, California. Spent prewar childhood years in Alviso, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, moved with family to Stockton, California, in an attempt to avoid mass removal. Despite this, was removed to the Stockton Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. Resettled in Colorado ...

Narrator Mollie Nakasaki

Nisei female. Born November 17, 1930, in Salinas, California. Grew up in Salinas's Japantown community before moving to various towns in California after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Removed to Poston concentration camp, Colorado. Left camp with family for Denver, Colorado, in 1945 before returning to California and establishing the Mandarin Restaurant in San Jose ...

Narrator George Hanada

Nisei male. Born 1924 in Penryn, California. Spent most of childhood in San Jose, California, before being removed to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Served in the military at the end of World War II before returning to California. Opened owned business, George's Service Center, in San Jose's ...

Narrator Paul Nagano

Sansei male. Born, June 17, 1920 in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in "Little Tokyo," and the Boyle Heights area. During World War II, was removed to Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Became ordained as a Baptist minister while incarcerated, ministering to fellow camp inmates and leading ecumenical worship services in camp. Left Poston to attend Bethel ...

Narrator Yosh Kuromiya

Nisei male. Born April 1923 in Sierra Madre, California. Was pursuing a degree in art at Pasadena Junior College at the time of mass removal. While incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, continued his artistic pursuits, drawing sketches and designing posters, etc. for various camp projects. Resisted the draft at age 21, and was indicted in 1944 ...

Narrator Hikoji Takeuchi

Nisei male. Born December 18, 1921, in Los Angeles, California. Parents owned and operated a restaurant. Father passed away prior to the onset of World War II, so mother was responsible for preparing the family to move to camp. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, and in 1942, was shot by a military police officer while ...

Narrator Jane Wehrey

White female. Born and raised in Lone Pine, California, a town near where Manazanar concentration camp was established.

Narrator Joe Ishikawa

Nisei male. Born July 29, 1919, in Los Angeles, California. Went to live in Japan as a college student, returning just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Granada concentration camp, Colorado, before leaving to attend the University of Nebraska. Worked as a curator in the ...

Narrator Kitako Izumizaki

Nisei female. Born November 21, 1921, in Watsonville, California. Grew up in Watsonville, where family operated a truck farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Lived for a time in Texas while husband served in the military before eventually returning to Watsonville.

Narrator Mas Hashimoto

Nisei male. Born September 15, 1935, in Watsonville, California. Grew up in Watsonville before being removed to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Following World War II, returned with family to Watsonville and finished school. Became a teacher of U.S. History at Watsonville High School.

Narrator Art Imagire

Nisei male. Born August 1, 1933, in Oakland, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, moved with family to Reno, Nevada, during the "voluntary evacuation" period. Attended the University of Nevada and later worked for an aerospace company. Presently resides in Sacramento, California.

Narrator Donald K. Tamaki

Sansei male. Born May 26, 1951, in Oakland, California. Received law degree from UC Berkeley. In the 1980s, served as a member of the pro bono legal team for Korematsu v. United States, a lawsuit to overturn a 40 year old conviction for refusal to obey exclusion orders aimed at Japanese Americans during World War II ...

Narrator Christie O. Ichikawa

Sansei female. Born April 4, 1928, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento before moving to Boyle Heights, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. After leaving camp, attended school in Chicago before returning to Los Angeles. Established a career in nursing and teaching.

Narrator Grace Hata

Nisei female. Born December 5, 1930, in Gardena, California. Grew up in Gardena where parents ran a restaurant. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was arrested and taken away by the FBI. During mass removal, family was sent to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, and reunited with father. Following the Leave Clearance questionnaire in 1943 ...

Narrator Rose Ito Tsunekawa

Nisei female. Born July 9, 1930, in Salinas, California. Grew up in Salinas, where father ran a successful farm. In 1941, moved with family to Japan. Remained in Japan during World War II and worked as an interpreter. After the war, returned to the United States and presently lives in California.

Narrator Frank Hiratsuka

Nisei male. Born July 16, 1926, in Alviso, California. Lived in various places in California as a child. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, family moved to Reedley, California, in an attempt to avoid incarceration, but were removed when the exclusion zone extended to Reedley. Sent to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona ...

Narrator Shigeo Kihara

Sansei male. Born January 15, 1935, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in the Florin area where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, moved with family to live and work at Seabrook Farms, New Jersey. Eventually returned to Sacramento.
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