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Japanese language schools

Each day, after public school ended, Nisei (second-generation) children attended Japanese language schools for an hour's instruction in Japanese language and culture. Issei (first-generation) parents wanted their children to learn Japanese to help them succeed in the community and if they ever moved to Japan. The Nisei were moderately interested at best, and language acquisition was spotty. Japanese language schools were considered suspect after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and their principals were among the first arrested.

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Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1008-5-5)
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Japanese language school: why many of the Issei sent their children

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Kiyo Maruyama Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1003-1-5)
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Attending Japanese language school

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Mits Koshiyama Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-6-1)
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Growing up in Mountain View, California before the war: attending Japanese language school, yet feeling "pro-American"

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 …

Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 8 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-8)
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Attending Japanese language school as a child

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Masako Yoshida Interview Segment 3 (ddr-manz-1-153-3)
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Mother's profession as a Japanese language school teacher
Ujinobu Niwa Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-138-7)
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Excelling in Japanese language school

This interview has audio problems due to the equipment used during taping.

George Azumano Interview Segment 4 (ddr-one-7-32-4)
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Memories of Japanese language school

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

George Yoshida Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-132-7)
vh George Yoshida Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-132-7)
Attending Japanese language school: "It was something we hated, but it was ... expected of us"
Louise Kashino Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-31-5)
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Memories of attending Seattle's Japanese Language School

For the first hour of this interview, an additional camera crew from KCTS Television was also present.

Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-84-9)
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Attending elementary and Japanese schools

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Mary Hirata Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-22-8)
vh Mary Hirata Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-22-8)
Memories of prewar Seattle: Alki Beach, walking to "Tip School"
Frances Midori Tashiro Kaji Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-258-6)
vh Frances Midori Tashiro Kaji Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-258-6)
Attending Japanese language school

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

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