Ben Uyeno Segment 21

Father's immigration story: coming to the U.S. a as a young person (ddr-densho-1000-100-1) - 00:03:36
Father's role as head of a Japanese poetry club (ddr-densho-1000-100-2) - 00:01:10
Father's life in Japan and immigration to the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-100-3) - 00:02:28
Parents' marriage (ddr-densho-1000-100-4) - 00:01:55
Born during an influenza epidemic; description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-100-5) - 00:03:19
Prewar Japanese American community in Yakima, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-100-6) - 00:02:35
Moving to Japan at age eight (ddr-densho-1000-100-7) - 00:02:03
Memories of living in Japan as a child (ddr-densho-1000-100-8) - 00:01:04
Attending school in Japan for several years (ddr-densho-1000-100-9) - 00:03:05
Difficulties as a foreigner in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-100-10) - 00:04:28
Attending grade school (ddr-densho-1000-100-11) - 00:02:23
Prewar activities for Nisei in Seattle, Courier baseball league (ddr-densho-1000-100-12) - 00:05:17
Restricted from high school debate, Trianon ballroom and the Paramount Theatre (ddr-densho-1000-100-13) - 00:02:40
Excellence in education, "B" grade not acceptable (ddr-densho-1000-100-14) - 00:02:18
Issei-Nisei values: keeping the young people busy, support for the Courier League (ddr-densho-1000-100-15) - 00:03:51
Community organizations: Nikkeijinkai and kenjinkai (ddr-densho-1000-100-16) - 00:00:59
Developing an interest in medicine (ddr-densho-1000-100-17) - 00:02:09
Prewar discrimination, difficulties getting into medical school (ddr-densho-1000-100-18) - 00:03:25
Reaction of non-Japanese Americans to the bombing of Pearl Harbor: refused service at restaurant (ddr-densho-1000-100-19) - 00:02:34
Early student relocation with the Quakers (ddr-densho-1000-100-20) - 00:02:40
Exposure to farming life (ddr-densho-1000-100-21) - 00:01:28
Attending Washington State College (ddr-densho-1000-100-22) - 00:02:18
Receiving a draft deferment to attend medical school (ddr-densho-1000-100-23) - 00:03:37
Medical residency work in various hospitals (ddr-densho-1000-100-24) - 00:03:30
Getting married (ddr-densho-1000-100-25) - 00:01:58
Military service during Korean war: working in a MASH unit (ddr-densho-1000-100-26) - 00:03:14
Memories of working in a Korean family clinic during the Korean war (ddr-densho-1000-100-27) - 00:01:51
Starting medical practice in Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-100-28) - 00:02:46
Pioneering kidney dialysis program (ddr-densho-1000-100-29) - 00:04:47
Connections with a particular medical center (ddr-densho-1000-100-30) - 00:00:58
Establishing a private practice for the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-100-31) - 00:05:54
Making house calls (ddr-densho-1000-100-32) - 00:00:51
Serving the community: not charging for house calls (ddr-densho-1000-100-33) - 00:02:19
Studying domestic abuse cases within the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-100-34) - 00:03:54
Observing disease trends within the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-100-35) - 00:02:06
Working with the elderly (ddr-densho-1000-100-36) - 00:02:07
Establishing Keiro nursing home: recognizing a need for a Japanese facility (ddr-densho-1000-100-37) - 00:07:46
Signing the first mortgage for Keiro nursing home (ddr-densho-1000-100-38) - 00:04:59
Description of grandchildren (ddr-densho-1000-100-39) - 00:02:01
Words of wisdom: always do your best (ddr-densho-1000-100-40) - 00:01:17
No regrets in life (ddr-densho-1000-100-41) - 00:01:51
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ddr-densho-1000-100-21 (Legacy UID: denshovh-uben-01-0021)

Exposure to farming life

00:01:28 — Segment 21 of 41

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June 1, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Ben Uyeno

Ben Uyeno Interview

01:55:31 — 41 segments

June 1, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born November 30, 1918, in Yakima, Washington. Spent two years of childhood in Japan. Returned to Seattle and became an active participant in Japanese American community life. Was attending the University of Washington when World War II started. Avoided incarceration with the help of the Friends (a Quaker organization), which hid him and helped him enroll in another university. He eventually entered medical school. Later he became a captain in the U.S. Army and served as a MASH doctor in Korea, where he was trained on one of the first kidney machines. Returned to Seattle and helped pioneer the first kidney dialysis program in the United States. Became the first Japanese American Chief of Staff at Providence Hospital in Seattle. Established a private practice that faithfully served the area's Japanese American community for thirty-two years. Helped establish and develop the Keiro nursing home (later operated as part of Nikkei Concerns).

Dee Goto, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho