Seichi Hayashida Segment 26

Motivation for Issei immigration: to earn money and return (ddr-densho-1000-14-1) - 00:03:53
Older brother left behind in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-14-2) - 00:04:20
Living in prewar Bellevue: farming, community center, and Buddhist church (ddr-densho-1000-14-3) - 00:02:48
Description of family's farm in Bellevue, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-14-4) - 00:02:52
Daily routine: helping on the farm and going to school (ddr-densho-1000-14-5) - 00:02:45
Leasing or purchasing land in Bellevue, how Issei were able to buy (ddr-densho-1000-14-6) - 00:03:03
Building the Japanese Association Hall (ddr-densho-1000-14-7) - 00:03:36
Vegetable Growers Association and relations with those outside the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-14-8) - 00:06:07
Deciding to work in family's farm instead of attending college (ddr-densho-1000-14-9) - 00:03:22
Description of the Japanese American farming community in Bellevue (ddr-densho-1000-14-10) - 00:08:49
Prewar Japanese American community activities: Courier baseball league (ddr-densho-1000-14-11) - 00:03:20
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "we're in trouble now" (ddr-densho-1000-14-12) - 00:07:47
Preparing for mass removal: continuing to grow crops (ddr-densho-1000-14-13) - 00:02:51
Deciding what to take and what to leave behind during mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-14-14) - 00:03:50
Traveling to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California (ddr-densho-1000-14-15) - 00:08:24
Feelings upon arrival at the Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-14-16) - 00:05:58
Description of Pinedale Assembly Center: climate, impact on camp inmates' health (ddr-densho-1000-14-17) - 00:01:15
Bringing only what you could carry (ddr-densho-1000-14-18) - 00:03:28
Layout of the Pinedale Assembly Center, description of barracks (ddr-densho-1000-14-19) - 00:04:57
Description of mess halls, lavatories, laundry building (ddr-densho-1000-14-20) - 00:06:34
Making the best of the situation, impact of incarceration on Issei vs. Nisei (ddr-densho-1000-14-21) - 00:06:49
Traveling to the Tule Lake concentration camp by train (ddr-densho-1000-14-22) - 00:06:39
Getting married in camp (ddr-densho-1000-14-23) - 00:03:50
Leaving camp to work in Ontario, Oregon (ddr-densho-1000-14-24) - 00:02:52
Transferring to Minidoka (ddr-densho-1000-14-25) - 00:09:31
Celebrations and activities at Minidoka (ddr-densho-1000-14-26) - 00:04:21
Meeting people from different regions in camp (ddr-densho-1000-14-27) - 00:02:44
Administration in camp: block managers and camp managers (ddr-densho-1000-14-28) - 00:02:41
The so-called "loyalty questions": answering "yes-yes" to get out of camp (ddr-densho-1000-14-29) - 00:02:53
Conflict related to the Japanese American Citizens League in camp (ddr-densho-1000-14-30) - 00:10:47
Supporting the Japanese American Citizens League's wartime stance (ddr-densho-1000-14-31) - 00:05:20
Leaving camp on permanent work release and farming in Idaho (ddr-densho-1000-14-32) - 00:07:33
Involvement in the redress movement (ddr-densho-1000-14-33) - 00:05:04
Reflecting on the wartime incarceration experience (ddr-densho-1000-14-34) - 00:01:56
Impact of incarceration: getting married early (ddr-densho-1000-14-35) - 00:05:21
Remembering the curfew placed on Japanese Americans before mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-14-36) - 00:01:49
Preparing for mass removal with very little information (ddr-densho-1000-14-37) - 00:03:23
Deciding not to return to Bellevue after leaving camp (ddr-densho-1000-14-38) - 00:06:21
The Bellevue Vegetable Growers Association (ddr-densho-1000-14-39) - 00:01:24
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ddr-densho-1000-14-26 (Legacy UID: denshovh-hseichi-01-0026)

Celebrations and activities at Minidoka

00:04:21 — Segment 26 of 39

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August 21, 1997

Densho Visual History Collection


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Seichi Hayashida

Seichi Hayashida Interview

03:01:17 — 39 segments

August 21, 1997

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born May 15, 1919, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in a Japanese American farming community in Bellevue, Washington. Incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, both in California, and at Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Longtime member and supporter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).

Alice Ito, interviewer; Sheri Nakashima, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho