Frank Yamasaki Interview II Segment 8

Family background: mother's immigration to the United States in 1913; growing up one of five children (ddr-densho-1000-131-1) - 00:03:58
Growing up "poor," finding odd jobs as a child to make pocket money (ddr-densho-1000-131-2) - 00:06:01
First finding out about birthday celebrations in school (ddr-densho-1000-131-3) - 00:02:26
Mother's "addiction" to reading (ddr-densho-1000-131-4) - 00:04:22
Buddhist upbringing, learning about Christian holidays in school (ddr-densho-1000-131-5) - 00:08:06
Helping to run parents' hotel business (ddr-densho-1000-131-6) - 00:03:08
The pain of discrimination: "growing up, discrimination was a part of the environment that we grew up in" (ddr-densho-1000-131-7) - 00:03:03
Prewar leisure activities: theater performances, church picnics, sports (ddr-densho-1000-131-8) - 00:03:29
Feeling shock upon hearing of the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-131-9) - 00:05:15
Introspective experiences while staying in a tuberculosis sanitarium during World War II (ddr-densho-1000-131-10) - 00:06:24
Deciding to resist the draft, and reading about trial years later (ddr-densho-1000-131-11) - 00:05:12
Hearing about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; shock and horror comparable to the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City (ddr-densho-1000-131-12) - 00:06:04
Release from McNeil Island Penitentiary; returning to Seattle, facing employment discrimination (ddr-densho-1000-131-13) - 00:06:04
Discussion of the effects of World War II and the incarceration on Japanese Americans: denial of culture, dissent within the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-131-14) - 00:04:14
Developing an activist mentality; observing the McCarthy Era and the Korean War (ddr-densho-1000-131-15) - 00:09:51
Career in the early days of television in Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-131-16) - 00:05:40
Thoughts on the media coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City (ddr-densho-1000-131-17) - 00:04:15
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Prewar leisure activities: theater performances, church picnics, sports

00:03:29 — Segment 8 of 17

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November 5, 2001

Densho Visual History Collection


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Frank Yamasaki

Frank Yamasaki Interview II

01:27:32 — 17 segments

November 5, 2001

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born January 26, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in South Park and Belltown areas of Seattle. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Refused to participate in draft, imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington, for resisting the draft. Resettled in Seattle.

Alice Ito, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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