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Akio Hoshino Interview (ddr-densho-1000-26)
vh Akio Hoshino Interview (ddr-densho-1000-26)
Nisei male. Born April 28, 1919, in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar years in Seattle's Central area. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resisted draft orders and was imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington. Resettled in Seattle area after release.
Ryo Imamura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-27)
vh Ryo Imamura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-27)
Sansei male, born 1944 in the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. His father was the late Rev. Kanmo Imamura, a former Bishop of Hawaii and a minister for the Hawaii Kyodan and the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA). His mother Jane Imamura composed many of the children's gathas sung in the Dharma Schools. Both of his …
Daniel Inouye Interview (ddr-densho-1000-28)
vh Daniel Inouye Interview (ddr-densho-1000-28)
Nisei male. Born September 7, 1924, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Served in the all-volunteer, all-Nisei, 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, lost his right arm in action and earned the Distinguished Service Cross. Following the war, became an attorney, then a six-term senator for Hawaii. Sat on the Select Committee on Intelligence, Select Committee on …
Susumu Ito Interview (ddr-densho-1000-29)
vh Susumu Ito Interview (ddr-densho-1000-29)
Nisei male. Born July 27, 1919, in Stockton, California. Emeritus professor of anatomy at Harvard Medical School. During World War II, was second lieutenant, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In his interview, he discusses his memories of serving in the 442nd and some of the more psychological aspects of combat.

(This …

Hitoshi H. Kajihara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-30)
vh Hitoshi H. Kajihara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-30)
Nisei male. Born March 12, 1928. Incarcerated at Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Served as fundraising chair for the Japanese American Citizens League's Legislative Education Committee from 1984 to 1985 and raised over half a million dollars for the redress effort. Became president of the National JACL in 1986.

(This interview was conducted at the Voices …

Louise Kashino Interview (ddr-densho-1000-31)
vh Louise Kashino Interview (ddr-densho-1000-31)
Nisei female. Born April 25, 1926, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled during the war in Chicago, Illinois, and returned to Seattle after the war. Member of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee Women's Auxiliary. In her interview, talks about her efforts to successfully get her husband's …
Louise Kashino - Sadaichi Kubota - Bill Thompson Interview (ddr-densho-1000-32)
vh Louise Kashino - Sadaichi Kubota - Bill Thompson Interview (ddr-densho-1000-32)
In this interview, three Nisei, Louise Kashino, Sadaichi Kubota, and Bill Thompson, discuss their postwar efforts to get Louise Kashino's husband's wartime court-martial conviction vacated. Sadaichi Kubota and Bill Thompson served with Shiro Kashino in the all-volunteer, all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

(This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, …

Chris Kato - Yoshi Mamiya - Tad Sato Interview (ddr-densho-1000-33)
vh Chris Kato - Yoshi Mamiya - Tad Sato Interview (ddr-densho-1000-33)
In this interview, three Nisei, Chris Kato, Yoshi Mamiya, and Tad Sato recall their memories of growing up in Seattle's Nihonmachi (Japantown) and their respective Japantown family businesses. This informal three-way conversation captures a bit of what Nihonmachi was like before the World War II incarceration forever changed the Japanese American business and social community. Unless …
Cherry Kinoshita Interview (ddr-densho-1000-34)
vh Cherry Kinoshita Interview (ddr-densho-1000-34)
Nisei female. Born October 13, 1923, in Seattle, Washington, grew up in Green Lake area. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Active in National and Seattle Chapter JACL politics, especially during the drive for redress in the 1970s and 1980s. Cherry Kinoshita passed away on July 29, 2008.
Frank Kitamoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-35)
vh Frank Kitamoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-35)
Sansei male. Born May 28, 1939, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Incarcerated with parents at Manzanar concentration camp, California, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Returned to Bainbridge Island after end of World War II. President of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC), a community organization dedicated to the preservation of Japanese American history on Bainbridge Island.
Minoru Kiyota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-36)
vh Minoru Kiyota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-36)
Kibei male, born October 12, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Raised primarily in San Francisco, California, spending four years in Hiratsuka, Japan. Was incarcerated with his family at Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Refused to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and as a consequence was moved to Tule Lake Segregation Center, California. In Tule, he renounced his U.S. …
Kenge Kobayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-37)
vh Kenge Kobayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-37)
Nisei male. Born July 25, 1926, in the Imperial Valley, California. Incarcerated at the Tulare Assembly Center, California, Gila River concentration camp, Arizona, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. In his interview, he discusses his memories of Tule Lake concentration camp after it became a segregation center, including the killing of a camp inmate rioting, implementation …
Spady Koyama Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-38)
vh Spady Koyama Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-38)
Nisei male. Born June 4, 1917, in Ferry County, Washington. Sent to Japan at age five following father's death, returning to Spokane, Washington, in 1927. Enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1942. Served with the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II where he was seriously injured during a …
Spady Koyama Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-39)
vh Spady Koyama Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-39)
Nisei male. Born June 4, 1917, in Ferry County, Washington. Sent to Japan at age five following father's death, returning to Spokane, Washington, in 1927. Enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1942. Served with the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II where he was seriously injured during a …
Sadaichi Kubota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-40)
vh Sadaichi Kubota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-40)
Nisei male. Born March, 1921 in Hilo, Hawaii. Was a lieutenant in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Instrumental in clearing the court-martial conviction of Shiro Kashino, a member of his unit.

(This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the full conference schedule, interviews …

Akiko Kurose Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-41)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-41)
Nisei female. Born February 25, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Longtime civil rights activist, educator, and pacifist.
Akiko Kurose Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-42)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-42)
Nisei female. Born February 25, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Longtime civil rights activist, educator, and pacifist.

(Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.)

Angus Macbeth Interview (ddr-densho-1000-43)
vh Angus Macbeth Interview (ddr-densho-1000-43)
White male. Born 1942 in Los Angeles, California. During the redress movement, served as Special Counsel to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) and oversaw publication of the Commission's report, Personal Justice Denied.

(This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored …

William Marutani Interview (ddr-densho-1000-44)
vh William Marutani Interview (ddr-densho-1000-44)
Nisei male. Born March 31, 1923, in Kent, Washington. During World War II, was incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After leaving camp to attend college in South Dakota, was drafted into the U.S. Army and served with the Military Intelligence Service during the postwar occupation of Japan. After …
Takashi Matsui Interview (ddr-densho-1000-45)
vh Takashi Matsui Interview (ddr-densho-1000-45)
Kibei male. Born January 20, 1917, in Hood River, Oregon. Lived in Seattle, Washington, before being taken to Japan by mother at the age of three. Completed elementary through high school in Japan. Returned to Seattle at seventeen years of age. Continued education in United States. Drafted in 1942 and was an instructor for the Military …
Fred Matsumura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-46)
vh Fred Matsumura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-46)
Nisei male, born April 14, 1923, on the Island of Molokai, Hawaii. Volunteered for military service after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Unit as a Sergeant and Assistant Squad Leader. Later, he and three others in his unit had their rank reduced to Private after being court-martialed for alleged involvement …
Tom Matsuoka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-47)
vh Tom Matsuoka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-47)
Kibei male. Born August 1903 in Sprecklesville, Maui, Hawaii. Taken to Japan in 1905 and raised by grandparents. Returned to the United States in 1919, joining father at Barneston sawmill in Washington. Married and farmed in Bellevue, Washington. Founded Bellevue Seinenkai and managed the Bellevue Vegetable Growers Association prior to World War II. Was picked up …
Kay Matsuoka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-48)
vh Kay Matsuoka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-48)
Nisei female. Born April 17, 1917, in Moneta, California. Grew up working on family's strawberry farm. Attended Japanese language school where she learned Japanese dancing and singing. Was popular and excelled in high school, but was prevented by the Parent Teacher Association from giving the commencement address because of her ethnicity. Attended dress design school, and …
Yukiko Miyake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-49)
vh Yukiko Miyake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-49)
Nisei female. Born July 1, 1910 in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in Seattle's Nihonmachi, raised by her maternal grandmother. Married Henry Miyake, an Issei, photographer and owner of Takano Studio. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Frank Miyamoto Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-50)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-50)
Nisei male. Born July 29, 1912, in Seattle, Washington. Wrote 'Social Solidarity Among the Japanese in Seattle' as a Master's thesis, published in 1939 as one of the first academic works on the Japanese immigrant community. Incarcerated in Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Member of the Evacuation and Resettlement Study which studied the incarceration and resettlement …

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