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Michael J. Forrester Interview (ddr-densho-1000-438)
vh Michael J. Forrester Interview (ddr-densho-1000-438)
White male. Born 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. Grew up in New York, where father was a mechanic. After World War II, enlisted in the Air Force and was sent serve in Japan. While there, met future wife, got married and returned to the U.S. Established a successful career with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Tsuchino Forrester Interview (ddr-densho-1000-439)
vh Tsuchino Forrester Interview (ddr-densho-1000-439)
Shin-Issei female. Born March 30, 1931, in Kasuga, Fukuoka, Japan. Grew up in Kasuga where parents ran a farm. Graduated from a girl's high school during the U.S. occupation of Japan. Met future husband, a U.S. serviceman, and immigrated to the United States as a "war bride."

(This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript provided …

Sakaye Aratani Interview (ddr-densho-1000-442)
vh Sakaye Aratani Interview (ddr-densho-1000-442)
Nisei female. Born December 11, 1919, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Gardena, where parents ran a chicken farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, moved temporarily to live with family in Reedley, California, then was removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. While on a visit to a different camp, Sakaye met her future …
Kanji Sahara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-448)
vh Kanji Sahara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-448)
Issei male. Born April 4, 1934, in Hiroshima, Japan, while mother and older siblings were visiting Japan for an extended period. Came to the United States at a few months old, and grew up in the Uptown area of Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the …
Miyoko Kaneta Interview (ddr-densho-1000-449)
vh Miyoko Kaneta Interview (ddr-densho-1000-449)
Nisei female. Born December 16, 1926, in El Centro, California. Grew up in various places in California, where parents owned a barbershop. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with her family to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving camp, resettled in Hazelton, Idaho, and Oakland, California, before moving to Seattle, Washington. After the war, …
Alan Nishio Interview (ddr-densho-1000-450)
vh Alan Nishio Interview (ddr-densho-1000-450)
Sansei male. Born August 9, 1945, at the Manzanar concentration camp, California, where his parents were incarcerated during World War II. Grew up in the Venice area of California, and became increasingly politically active while attending the University of California, Berkeley, during the Free Speech Movement during the late 1960s. Earned a master's degree at the …
Elsie Uyematsu Osajima Interview (ddr-densho-1000-451)
vh Elsie Uyematsu Osajima Interview (ddr-densho-1000-451)
Nisei female. Born July 25, 1925, in Pasadena, California. Grew up in Pasadena, where parents ran a small market. Removed to the Tulare Assembly Center, California, during World War II, then to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. Left camp to attend college in Nebraska, then married and returned to California. Worked for many years at …
Bob Suzuki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-452)
vh Bob Suzuki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-452)
Nisei-han male. Born January 2, 1936, in Portland, Oregon, where father worked for the railroad. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, family moved to a small community outside of Spokane, Washington, to farm. Went to UC Berkeley and Caltech, then taught at …
June Yasuno Aochi (Yamashiro) Berk Interview (ddr-densho-1000-453)
vh June Yasuno Aochi (Yamashiro) Berk Interview (ddr-densho-1000-453)
Nisei female. Born October 17, 1932, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, and was involved at an early age with traditional Japanese dancing and stage performance. During World War II, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. After leaving camp, family resettled in Denver, …
May Ohmura Watanabe Interview (ddr-densho-1000-454)
vh May Ohmura Watanabe Interview (ddr-densho-1000-454)
Nisei female. Born May 13, 1922, in Chico, California. Grew up in Chico, where parents ran a produce store. Was in college when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and was removed with her family to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to attend school in Syracuse, New York, and become a public health nurse. Later …
Wilbur Sato Interview (ddr-densho-1000-455)
vh Wilbur Sato Interview (ddr-densho-1000-455)
Nisei male. Born April 26, 1929, in Pasadena, California. Grew up on Terminal Island, California. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, family lived for a time in a hostel in Des Moines, Iowa, before returning to California. After the war, became an attorney and longtime community activist.
Hatsuko Mary Higuchi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-456)
vh Hatsuko Mary Higuchi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-456)
Nisei female. Born January 31, 1939, in Los Angeles County, California. At a young age, removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona, with family. After leaving camp, returned to family's farm in Lawndale, California. Father passed away early, leaving her mother to run the farm. Hatsuko Mary became a teacher, establishing an education career in Torrance, …
Hal Keimi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-458)
vh Hal Keimi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-458)
Nisei male. Born October 23, 1931, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, where parents ran a dry cleaning business. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. After leaving camp, lived for a time in a trailer park …
Barbara Reiko Mikami Keimi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-459)
vh Barbara Reiko Mikami Keimi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-459)
Sansei female. Born December 4, 1935, in Sawtelle, California. Grew up in Huntington Beach, California, where father worked as a chauffeur. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was picked up by the FBI and taken to the Tuna Canyon Detention Station. He rejoined the family at the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the family was …
Ron Wakabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-460)
vh Ron Wakabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-460)
Sansei male. Born November 13, 1944, in Reno, Nevada, where parents had resettled after leaving the concentration camps in Topaz, Utah, and Rohwer, Arkansas, during World War II. Grew up in East Los Angeles. Involved in a number of community social service organizations in Los Angeles, such as Oriental Concern and the Asian American Drug Abuse …
Ronald Ikejiri Interview (ddr-densho-1000-461)
vh Ronald Ikejiri Interview (ddr-densho-1000-461)
Sansei male. Born December 3, 1948, in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, parents had been incarcerated at the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Father signed 'no-no' on the so-called 'loyalty questionnaire', renounced U.S. citizenship, and was sent to the Department of Justice camp at Bismarck, North Dakota. Family did not end up expatriating to …
Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-462)
vh Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-462)
Nisei male. Born October 12, 1928, in Florin, California, a small community outside of Sacramento, California. Lost father at an early age, and was raised primarily by older brother. During World War II, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. While in camp, snuck out of camp to spend time in the surrounding hillside. …
Nancy Kyoko Oda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-463)
vh Nancy Kyoko Oda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-463)
Sansei female. Born May 20, 1945, at the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Shortly after birth, parents returned to the Los Angeles, California, area, where they had been living before World War II. Grew up in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, and was involved in judo along with father, who was a judo instructor. …
Alan Kumamoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-464)
vh Alan Kumamoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-464)
Sansei male. Born January 21, 1940, in Los Angeles, California. While very young, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Father joined the Military Intelligence Service out of camp, and Alan and his mother resettled in Chicago, Illinois. After father rejoined the family, they returned to …
Cookie Takeshita Interview (ddr-densho-1000-465)
vh Cookie Takeshita Interview (ddr-densho-1000-465)
Nisei female. Born April 1, 1929, in Alameda, California. Grew up in Alameda, where father ran a gardening business. During World War II, family was ordered to leave Alameda and moved to Cortez, California, before being sent to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the Amache concentration camp, Colorado. Left camp to attend school in Cleveland, …
Floyd Shimomura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-466)
vh Floyd Shimomura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-466)
Sansei male. Born March 13, 1948, in Winters, California. Grew up in the Winters area where parents worked on a farm they had run before World War II, when they were incarcerated at the Amache concentration camp, Colorado. Graduated from UC Davis School of Law, and worked in various capacities for the State of California. Elected …
Ben Takeshita Interview (ddr-densho-1000-467)
vh Ben Takeshita Interview (ddr-densho-1000-467)
Nisei male. Born August 2, 1930, in San Mateo, California. During World War II, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Due to parents' answers on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," transferred to Tule Lake when it was designated a segregation center. After leaving camp, returned to San Mateo, …
Norm Hayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-468)
vh Norm Hayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-468)
Sansei male. Born September 11, 1939, in Oakland, California. Grandfather, father, and other family members established a nursery business in San Francisco, California prior to World War II. During the war, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After the war, the family returned to San Francisco and …
John Tateishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-469)
vh John Tateishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-469)
Nisei male. Born August 21,1939, in Lawndale, California. Served as National Redress Director of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was involved in the movement to obtain redress and reparations for Japanese Americans. Founded Tateishi/Shinoda and Associates, a management and public affairs consulting firm. In 1999, became the National Executive Director of the JACL.
Amy Iwasaki Mass Interview (ddr-densho-1000-470)
vh Amy Iwasaki Mass Interview (ddr-densho-1000-470)
Nisei female. Born July 5, 1935, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, where father ran a produce business. During World War II, removed to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. After leaving camp, returned to family home in Los Angeles. Became a social worker, one of the …

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