Ken Inose Interview

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South Bay JACL Oral History Collection

Ken Inose was born in 1933 in Los Angeles, California, as one of four children to Sejiro and Yoshiko Inose. Before World War II, Ken lived in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles where he had ethnically diverse neighbors. His father was a salesman and his mother was a housewife. When the war broke out, Ken was eight years old and he and his family were initially sent to the Santa Anita Racetrack for processing and eventually sent to the Rohwer, concentration camp, Arkansas. After the war, Ken and his family initially moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, and eventually returned to Los Angeles and to Gardena, California. In Gardena, his family started a nursery business.

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


July 24, 2018





Courtesy of South Bay JACL, Densho