Tetsuo "Ted" Hasegawa Interview

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South Bay JACL Oral History Collection

Ted Hasegawa was born on January 16, 1921, in Sacramento, California, and educated in Japan. When he returned to Torrance, California, where his parents farmed, he started kindergarten at the age of 11. After high school, he took automotive classes at a trade school in Los Angeles. Hasegawa witnessed the mass eviction of Japanese residents from Terminal Island and was later imprisoned with his family at Santa Anita Race Track and concentration camps in California and Rohwer, Arkansas. He was drafted by the US Army and released because of poor health. He worked as a mechanic for Chevrolet in Chicago and at a vineyard near Lodi before returning to Torrance in 1948. In Torrance he opened an automotive repair business.

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


July 26, 2003




South Bay JACL

Courtesy of South Bay JACL, Densho