George Ishibashi Interview
South Bay JACL Oral History Collection
George Ishibashi was born on March 27, 1914, in San Pedro, California. He grew up on a farm in Palos Verdes, California. His father immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1890s and leased his first farm in 1906. Following Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor, the family's lease was unceremoniously ended. Ishibashi and his family were imprisoned in a concentration camp in Poston, Arizona, during World War II. Ishibashi left the camp to work on sugar beet farms and was able to travel while on leave from the U.S. Army. After the war, Ishibashi resettled in Palos Verdes, California, leasing the same land his father farmed before the war. The land dwindled as residential development covered the peninsula. Ishibashi took jobs as a mechanic, was evicted from his farm a second time and eventually retired in Gardena, California.
This interview is part of the South Bay History Project created by the South Bay Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.
January 23, 2004
Courtesy of South Bay JACL, Densho
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