George Joji Tenpo Interview

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South Bay JACL Oral History Collection

George Tenpo was born on May 28, 1923, in Compton, California. His parents were Hyoichi and Shizue Tenpo. His father was a farmer in Harbor City and his mother was a housewife. During World War II, George and his family were sent to the Santa Anita Assembly Center and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. After the war, he expatriated to Japan. Eventually he moved back to Torrance, California where he worked as a gardener.

This interview is part of the South Bay History Project created by the South Bay Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.


April 7, 2004




Courtesy of South Bay JACL, Densho