Art Shibayama Interview Segment 37

Family background: parents immigrated to Peru from Japan (ddr-densho-1000-151-1) - 00:05:17
Memories of childhood in Lima, Peru: Spanish as a first language, attending a private Japanese school (ddr-densho-1000-151-2) - 00:05:13
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-151-3) - 00:05:20
Spending time with grandparents during summer vacations as a child (ddr-densho-1000-151-4) - 00:02:26
Growing up Catholic in Peru; not experiencing discrimination (ddr-densho-1000-151-5) - 00:03:18
Social activities in the Japanese Peruvian community prewar (ddr-densho-1000-151-6) - 00:02:09
Memories of a destructive earthquake (ddr-densho-1000-151-7) - 00:04:25
Grandparents deported to Peru after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; rest of family taken away by ship (ddr-densho-1000-151-8) - 00:03:52
Terrible conditions on U.S. transport ship: taken to the United States, but not understanding why (ddr-densho-1000-151-9) - 00:06:02
Memories of Crystal City internment camp, Texas: first impressions, getting a job delivering ice (ddr-densho-1000-151-10) - 00:05:50
Attending school in camp, meeting other Japanese Peruvians (ddr-densho-1000-151-11) - 00:05:38
(ddr-densho-1000-151-12) - 00:02:21
Father hears about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki using a short-wave radio (ddr-densho-1000-151-13) - 00:03:32
Learning English from a Japanese American Nisei; finding out that Peru didn't want the Japanese Peruvians to return (ddr-densho-1000-151-14) - 00:03:58
Relationship between the Japanese Peruvians and Japanese Americans in camp (ddr-densho-1000-151-15) - 00:05:57
Family decides to move to Seabrook, New Jersey, a produce company work camp (ddr-densho-1000-151-16) - 00:02:04
Memories of birthday celebrations in Crystal City (ddr-densho-1000-151-17) - 00:01:55
Recollections of working at Seabrook: different jobs for family members (ddr-densho-1000-151-18) - 00:06:27
Having an appendix operation; a new sibling is born (ddr-densho-1000-151-19) - 00:04:07
Learning English at Seabrook (ddr-densho-1000-151-20) - 00:03:04
Joining the Seabrook all-Japanese softball team, traveling around to different cities to play in tournaments (ddr-densho-1000-151-21) - 00:06:04
Family moves to Chicago, Illinois; getting a job in a carbon paper factory with Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-151-22) - 00:04:57
Thoughts on status as a non-American citizen: reporting to an immigration office (ddr-densho-1000-151-23) - 00:03:20
(ddr-densho-1000-151-24) - 00:02:15
Drafted in the U.S. army, even though an illegal alien (ddr-densho-1000-151-25) - 00:03:24
Memories of basic training in Arkansas (ddr-densho-1000-151-26) - 00:05:55
Experiences while overseas in Germany (ddr-densho-1000-151-27) - 00:06:34
Struggles to obtain U.S. citizenship (ddr-densho-1000-151-28) - 00:05:53
Discussion of other family members' attempts to become U.S. citizens (ddr-densho-1000-151-29) - 00:04:46
Playing on a multi-racial softball team made up of U.S. soldiers (ddr-densho-1000-151-30) - 00:04:01
While serving overseas, taking side trips to France and Spain (ddr-densho-1000-151-31) - 00:07:09
(ddr-densho-1000-151-32) - 00:02:33
Experience in the military: no desire to reenlist (ddr-densho-1000-151-33) - 00:03:55
Returning to Chicago after military discharge; working as an auto mechanic (ddr-densho-1000-151-34) - 00:02:46
Getting married and having children (ddr-densho-1000-151-35) - 00:07:19
Making the decision to leave Chicago and move to San Jose, California (ddr-densho-1000-151-36) - 00:09:17
Involvement in the San Jose Japanese American community; thoughts on the early redress movement (ddr-densho-1000-151-37) - 00:04:10
Memories of attending a Tule Lake pilgrimage in 1979 (ddr-densho-1000-151-38) - 00:05:20
Memories of attending a Tule Lake pilgrimage in 1979 (ddr-densho-1000-151-39) - 00:04:23
Attending reunions of Japanese Peruvians (ddr-densho-1000-151-40) - 00:04:45
(ddr-densho-1000-151-41) - 00:01:21
Feelings upon finding out that redress would be denied to Japanese Latin Americans (ddr-densho-1000-151-42) - 00:04:04
Involvement in the Campaign for Justice, an effort to obtain redress for Japanese Latin Americans (ddr-densho-1000-151-43) - 00:05:28
Talking with congresspeople in Washington, D.C.; rejecting the U.S. government's settlement amount (ddr-densho-1000-151-44) - 00:05:50
Thoughts on the importance of fighting for redress for Japanese Latin Americans (ddr-densho-1000-151-45) - 00:02:37
Thoughts on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and subsequent government actions (ddr-densho-1000-151-46) - 00:04:17
A trip to Japan in the 1980s: meeting family (ddr-densho-1000-151-47) - 00:13:11
A trip to Japan in the 1980s (ddr-densho-1000-151-48) - 00:06:57
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-151-49) - 00:02:38
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Involvement in the San Jose Japanese American community; thoughts on the early redress movement

00:04:10 — Segment 37 of 49

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October 26, 2003

Densho Visual History Collection


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Art Shibayama

Art Shibayama Interview

03:48:04 — 49 segments

October 26, 2003

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born June 6, 1930, in Callao, Peru. Grew up in Peru, raised by both parents and grandparents. During World War II, taken with parents to the United States on a U.S. troop transport ship. Lived in the Crystal City internment camp, Texas, until family moved to work at Seabrook, New Jersey, a produce work company camp. Drafted into the army in the 1950s, even though considered an illegal alien, and served in Germany. Raised a family in Chicago, Illinois, and San Jose, California after military discharge. In recent years, attended several pilgrimages to Tule Lake concentration camp, California, as well as reunions of Japanese Peruvians. Involved in the Campaign for Justice, an effort to obtain redress for Japanese Latin Americans.

Alice Ito, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho