An Oral History with Margaret Masuoka

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

An interview with Margaret Masuoka, a volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), conducted for the Japanese American Project at California State Fullerton's Center for Oral and Public History. Specifically, this interview provides insight to Masuoka's personal history dealing with the prejudice that she and her family faced due their Japanese ancestry; her family's settlement in California in 1925; her childhood in Los Angeles and time spent in Santa Ana, California regarding the family's business and Japanese community; her courtship with Dave Masuoka in the 1940s; and her feelings on the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. She describes her incarceration in the Santa Anita Temporary Assembly Center and in the Poston camp in southeastern Arizona; and her family's togetherness during these periods of incarceration; her engagement to Dave Masuoka in the camps; her family's journey to join her sisters in the Poston incarceration camp; her exit from the camp and process of finding a sponsor; her experience as a docent for JANM and of telling her story to her grandson's class; Dave's family history and his involvement in the Second World War; a close friend's family and their involvement in 442nd army infantry known as the Japanese unit in World War II; the impact of this friendship and how it led to an exhibition in JANM; and her thoughts on the impact of this story on American history. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0048. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 5288_T01




CSU Fullerton Center for Oral and Public History

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