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Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) and Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) Oral History Project Collection

Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) and Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) Oral History Project Collections
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This collection consists of interviews conducted during the "Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties" exhibit sponsored by Alphawood Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, along with additional interviews conducted subsequent to the closing of the exhibit. All interviews are held in the collections of the archival collections of the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) and Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS), and are part of the ongoing joint oral history project sponsored by the two organizations in Chicago, Illinois. The majority of these interviews focus on both pre-war life, wartime incarceration, and postwar resettlement to Chicago and the Midwest. For more information about the Japanese American Service Committee, please visit www.jasc-chicago.org, and for more information about the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, please visit www.cjahs.org.

2017-2020

2017-2020

Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) and Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS)

Courtesy of the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) and Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS)

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20 Objects

Kikuno Goi - Mitsuo Goi Interview (ddr-chi-1-1)
vh Kikuno Goi - Mitsuo Goi Interview (ddr-chi-1-1)
Kibei Nisei couple. Kikuno was born in the United States, then moved to Japan with her family after her father passed away. In the lead up to World War II, her uncle sent Kikuno and her brother back to the United States, where they were raised in foster care in northern California. During World War II, …
Anne Yuki Watanabe Interview (ddr-chi-1-2)
vh Anne Yuki Watanabe Interview (ddr-chi-1-2)
Yonsei female. Born in 1990 in Champaign, Illinois. Father's family is from Canada and her mother is from Japan. Paternal grandparents were incarcerated in Tashme and Lillooet in Canada. After attending college on the East Coast, moved to Chicago and became active in the Japanese American community.
Hiroki Kimiko Keaveney Interview (ddr-chi-1-3)
vh Hiroki Kimiko Keaveney Interview (ddr-chi-1-3)
Yonsei. Born in Los Angeles, California, but raised in Ohio. During World War II, members of their family were incarcerated in the Manzanar and Tule Lake concentration camps in California. Graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Ethnic Studies. Moved to Chicago, involved in numerous community groups.
Susumu Mukushima Interview (ddr-chi-1-4)
vh Susumu Mukushima Interview (ddr-chi-1-4)
Nisei male. Born October 8, 1942, in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, mother and father received special dispensation to delay going to the Santa Anita Assembly Center to give birth. After Susumu was born, the family was sent to Santa Anita and then the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, and later transferred to Tule …
Sharon Seeder Interview (ddr-chi-1-5)
vh Sharon Seeder Interview (ddr-chi-1-5)
Yonsei female. Born and raised in Chicago. Her parents met in Chicago after World War II and divorced before Sharon was born. Stepfather ran a bar in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Sharon remained in Chicago and raised her family there.
Junko Mizuta Interview (ddr-chi-1-6)
vh Junko Mizuta Interview (ddr-chi-1-6)
Nisei female. Born 1925 in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where parents ran a laundry business and managed an apartment house. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was arrested by the FBI, and the rest of the family was removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon. While at the assembly center, Junko, a teenager, …
Gary Yamagiwa Interview (ddr-chi-1-7)
vh Gary Yamagiwa Interview (ddr-chi-1-7)
Sansei male. Born May 8, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois. Parents were Nisei, sent to the concentration camps at Poston, Arizona, Manzanar and Tule Lake, California, during World War II. After leaving camp, resettled in Chicago, where Gary was born and raised.
Lois Shikami Interview (ddr-chi-1-8)
vh Lois Shikami Interview (ddr-chi-1-8)
Nisei female. Born August 25, 1931, in Seattle, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, lived in Wisconsin for several years before eventually moving to Chicago, Illinois.
Jane Kaihatsu Interview (ddr-chi-1-9)
vh Jane Kaihatsu Interview (ddr-chi-1-9)
Sansei female. Born June 2, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois. During World War II, her father's family was sent to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Her mother's family was incarcerated at the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving camp the Jane's parents …
Keith One Interview (ddr-chi-1-10)
vh Keith One Interview (ddr-chi-1-10)
Sansei male. Born 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. Parents' families lived in Sacramento, California, prior to World War II. During the war, they were sent to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and the Amache concentration camp, Colorado. Both parents resettled in Chicago after the war, where they met and Keith was born.

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