South Bay JACL Oral History Collection


This collection consists of interviews conducted by the South Bay Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League as part of the South Bay History Project. The project seeks to preserve the history of Japanese American settlement in the greater South Bay community, a Southern California region south of Playa Del Rey and north of Long Beach. The interviews in this collection document the stories and contributions of Japanese Americans who immigrated to the South Bay area, were removed during World War II and returned after the war.




Courtesy of South Bay JACL, Densho

24 Objects

Frank Endo Interview (ddr-densho-400-1)
av Frank Endo Interview (ddr-densho-400-1)
Frank Endo was born in Wilmington, California, on April 20,1923, and grew up on Terminal Island, California. He taught gymnastics at Santa Anita, California, Race Track and at the concentration camp in Amache, Colorado, where he was imprisoned. Endo worked in Chicago during WWII and served in the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Service. He participated in …
Miyoko Fujikawa Interview (ddr-densho-400-2)
av Miyoko Fujikawa Interview (ddr-densho-400-2)
Miyoko Fujikawa was born on December 25, 1919, in Reedley, California, and grew up in Harbor City, California. Fujikawa was imprisoned at the Santa Anita Racetrack and the concentration camp in Jerome, Arkansas. After leaving camp, she worked as a beautician in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during WWII and purchased her own beauty shop when she resettled in …
Namiye Fukuzawa Interview (ddr-densho-400-3)
av Namiye Fukuzawa Interview (ddr-densho-400-3)
Namiye Fukuzawa was born on June 30, 1925, in Los Angeles, California. Namiye's father was a vegetable hauler and her mother was a housewife living in Gardena, California. During World War II, Namiye and her family relocated to Logan, Utah. After the war they moved back to Gardena, California. This interview is part of the South …
av Tetsuo "Ted" Hasegawa Interview (ddr-densho-400-4)
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 …
Ken Inose Interview (ddr-densho-400-5)
av Ken Inose Interview (ddr-densho-400-5)
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, …
Yoshi Inose Interview (ddr-densho-400-6)
av Yoshi Inose Interview (ddr-densho-400-6)
Yoshi Inose was born on September 24, 1908, in Los Angeles, California. She was one of three children, and her parents' names were Seijiro and Soko Shibuya. Her father was a lawyer and the first publisher for the Rafu Shimpo and her mother was a koto instructor. After World War II broke out, the family was …
George Ishibashi Interview (ddr-densho-400-7)
av George Ishibashi Interview (ddr-densho-400-7)
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 …
av Fujiko "Fuzzy" Ishikawa Interview (ddr-densho-400-8)
Fujiko Ishikawa was born on November 18, 1912, in Oxnard, California. She grew up in Lomita, California, and attended UCLA where she met her husband Henry who became a partner in a successful produce business. She was imprisoned at Santa Anita Race Track and the concentration camp in Amache, Colorado. She moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, during …
Kikue Isobe Interview (ddr-densho-400-9)
av Kikue Isobe Interview (ddr-densho-400-9)
Kikue Isobe was born on September 25, 1920, in Brawley, California. She was one of three children to Fukuichi and Sei Nishimoto. Her father was a foreman for a cantaloupe and honeydew grower in Brawley. Kikue grew up mainly in Brawley. When the war broke out she and her family were relocated to the Poston concentration …
Frances Kaji Interview (ddr-densho-400-10)
vh Frances Kaji Interview (ddr-densho-400-10)
Frances Kaji was born on April 30, 1928, in Gardena, California. She grew up in Gardena as the daughter of pioneer physician Kikuwo Tashiro. She remembers Gardena as it changed from a rural to suburban community. During World War II, her family moved to Fresno to avoid incarceration but was eventually imprisoned at the concentration camp …

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