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Narrator Charlie Matsubara

Nisei male. Born June 3, 1920, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in the Los Angeles area. When World War II broke out, Charlie stayed in California with his brother to help take care of property and belongings while the rest of the family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Charlie and his brother were then sent ...

Narrator Michiko Hara Kawaguchi

Nisei female. Born September 30, 1925, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco where father ran a dry cleaning business. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, lived in Indiana and attended college. Eventually returned to California.

Narrator Mitsue Matsui

Nisei female. Born in San Francisco, California. As a young woman, entire family visited Japan for ten months, where she acquired the skill of Japanese typing at the Kumahira Typist Yoseisho in Hiroshima. Returned to the U.S. with most of her family (eldest brother remained in Japan) and was working at the Japanese Chamber of ...

Narrator Shig Yabu

Nisei male. Born June 13, 1932, in San Francisco, California. During World War II, removed to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. While in camp, found an injured magpie bird, named it Maggie, and adopted it as a pet. Following the war, wrote a children's book, Hello, Maggie! and ...

Narrator Minoru J. Shibata

Nisei male. Born 1928 in San Francisco, California. Spent most of childhood on Terminal Island, California, where father was a fisherman. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was arrested by the FBI and the rest of the family moved to Ogden, Utah, to farm. Served in the Army Air Corps in Japan during the U ...

Narrator Nancy K. Araki

Sansei female. Born October 16, 1937, in San Francisco, California. During World War II, removed to the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. Family briefly left camp for Utah before voluntarily entering the Topaz concentration camp, Utah, when mother was pregnant. After leaving camp, returned to San Francisco and resumed elementary school.

Narrator Shirley Nagatomi Okabe

Nisei female. Born February 7, 1937, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, where father was a prominent Buddhist minister. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, returned to California. Father was instrumental in the planning and building of the cemetery ...

Narrator Masako Murakami

Sansei female. Born March 27, 1934, in San Francisco, California. Parents were both Kibei from Seattle, Washington, and Bakersfield, California. Grew up in San Francisco, California, where father was in sales. During World War II, removed to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. After father signed "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," transferred to the Tule ...

Narrator Willie K. Ito

Sansei male. Born 1934 in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, where he developed an early interest in Disney and the art of cartooning. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, returned to San Francisco. Established a long career working for ...

Narrator K. Morgan Yamanaka

Nisei male. Born April 14, 1924, in San Francisco, California. Went to Japan with family at a very young age before returning to San Francisco. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Answered "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" and transferred to Tule Lake concentration ...

Narrator Grace K. Seto

Nisei female. Born September 23, 1925, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in California, where father worked as a bookkeeper. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, moved with the family to a rural community in Maryland, then to Seabrook Farms, New Jersey, before eventually returning to California.

Narrator Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura

Nisei male. Born July 16, 1917, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in Sacramento, and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1939. During World War II, was removed to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Voluntarily stayed in Tule Lake after it was designated a Segregation Center, and worked in the legal aid office. Assisted attorney Wayne ...
Takiko Mizunoe receiving flowers from Miss San Francisco (ddr-njpa-4-744)
img Takiko Mizunoe receiving flowers from Miss San Francisco (ddr-njpa-4-744)
Caption on reverse [translation]: "Takiko arrived in San Francisco. June 13, 1939. Miss San Francisco welcomed Takiko Mizunoe, arriving at the Port of San Francisco by the Tatsuta Maru on May 24th."
Miss San Francisco holding a silk uchikake (ddr-densho-300-298)
img Miss San Francisco holding a silk uchikake (ddr-densho-300-298)
Caption in album: "Silk uchikake presented to Miss San Francisco, 1939 (Rose Kohr)."
Japanese American boarding up store (ddr-densho-151-93)
img Japanese American boarding up store (ddr-densho-151-93)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. With the the owner scheduled to be evacuated, a store front is boarded on Post Street, San Francisco, California.

Narrator Alice Setsuko Sekino Hirai

Nisei/Sansei female. Born November 8, 1939, in San Francisco, California. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Family resettled in Salt Lake City, Utah. Moved to San Francisco after one year and back to Salt Lake City in 1950. Attended University of Utah and studied nursing. Speaks to school groups about ...

Narrator George Matsumoto

Nisei male. Born July 19, 1924, in San Francisco, California. At a young age, family moved to Ocean Park, California, where father ran a concession stand in an amusement park. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. While in camp, had numerous jobs, including as part of the ...

Narrator Tomiye Terasaki

Kibei female. Born October 5, 1910, in San Francisco, California. At age three, sent to live with grandfather and receive education in Fukuoka, Japan. After high school, temporarily moved to Tokyo and assisted family-owned business. In 1929, returned to U.S. to join parents in Sacramento. After arranged marriage to Mr. Tadao Sakita, moved to Los ...

Narrator Russell Demo

White male. Born July 2, 1924, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco before being inducted into the military following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Assigned to service as a military policeman at the Manzanar concentration camp, California before serving overseas in Europe. After military service, returned to San Francisco. Mr. Demo passed away ...

Narrator Phil Shigekuni

Yonsei male. Born March 28, 1934, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in Los Angeles. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. Following the war, became a counselor in the public school system in Los Angeles. Active in a number of community causes including ...
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