An Oral History with Lillie Y. McCabe, Part I

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ddr-csujad-29-16 (CSUJAD Local ID: 1949.1_T01, CSUJAD Project ID: csufccop_jaoh_0030)

CSU Fullerton Center for Oral and Public History Japanese American Oral History Project Collection

An oral history with Lillie Y. McCabe, an incarceree at the Santa Anita Temporary Assembly Center and the Granada (Amache) incarceration camp. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The interview covers her childhood in Hollister, California, her family background; moving to Los Angeles, California in 1920 and marrying her husband, Ernest Yamada in 1928; how the outbreak of World War II affected the family, particularly the events that took place after Pearl Harbor; her transfer to Santa Anita and the conditions therein, and her recollections of the Santa Anita Riot of August 1942. She also discusses her husband's role during the war; how other family members dealt with anti-Japanese discrimination; her further move to Amache in September of 1942 and the conditions there, including an incident where investigators came to interview her regarding camp life; life after camp, including moving back to Los Angeles, retrieving possessions, and finding work. She also describes the discrimination against Japanese people after the war and lessons she learned from being incarcerated. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, CSU Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0032. Photograph is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0034. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1949.1_T01




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