Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 15

Description of origin of family names, siblings (ddr-densho-1000-155-1) - 00:04:47
Family background: parents from Midwest (ddr-densho-1000-155-2) - 00:03:13
Parents meeting and moving to Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-155-3) - 00:02:26
Father's early work in religion, focus on ethnic groups (ddr-densho-1000-155-4) - 00:02:23
Father's early involvement with the Seattle Japanese American community, and the Seattle Japanese Baptist Church (ddr-densho-1000-155-5) - 00:04:28
Attending nursery school with Japanese American children, not feeling racially different (ddr-densho-1000-155-6) - 00:01:31
Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: Issei pastor tearfully apologizes to father (ddr-densho-1000-155-7) - 00:03:18
Observing the tumultuous period after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: Japanese American congregation rushes to store belongings in church basement (ddr-densho-1000-155-8) - 00:03:13
First Sunday after mass removal: father is left with an empty church; memories of visiting Japanese American friends through the barbed wire at "Camp Harmony" (ddr-densho-1000-155-9) - 00:07:05
Family decides to move to Twin Falls, Idaho, following the Japanese Americans to Minidoka concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-155-10) - 00:03:47
Father experiences prejudice in Twin Falls, Idaho, as a result of his support of the Japanese Americans in the concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-155-11) - 00:04:40
Family home in Twin Falls becomes a hostel for numerous Japanese Americans throughout the wartime (ddr-densho-1000-155-12) - 00:05:26
Memories as a child in Twin Falls, Idaho: visiting playmates inside the Minidoka concentration camp every weekend (ddr-densho-1000-155-13) - 00:05:07
Memories of visiting Minidoka concentration camp as a child: eating in the mess hall, picnics by the irrigation canal (ddr-densho-1000-155-14) - 00:03:12
Description of nearby town of Twin Falls (ddr-densho-1000-155-15) - 00:02:13
Father makes more than 150 round trips between Minidoka concentration camp and Seattle, picking up or delivering items for Japanese Americans in camp (ddr-densho-1000-155-16) - 00:03:33
The end of World War II: returning to Seattle, father's resolve to reopen the Japanese Baptist Church (ddr-densho-1000-155-17) - 00:05:41
Father's activities immediately after returning to Seattle: opposing the teamsters and aiding Japanese American farmers (ddr-densho-1000-155-18) - 00:04:01
Memories of witnessing two incidents of discrimination against Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-155-19) - 00:02:37
Attending Bailey Gatzert elementary school after the war (ddr-densho-1000-155-20) - 00:03:46
Growing up postwar: feeling the pressure to excel as the son of a pastor (ddr-densho-1000-155-21) - 00:05:36
Thoughts on the impact father had on the Japanese American community in Seattle, feeling an "emotional estrangement" from father (ddr-densho-1000-155-22) - 00:06:42
Memories of parents' divorce in 1955 (ddr-densho-1000-155-23) - 00:06:08
Attending the Berkeley Baptist Divinity School, then deciding to withdraw (ddr-densho-1000-155-24) - 00:03:21
Returning to Seattle and working in various occupations (ddr-densho-1000-155-25) - 00:03:38
Memories of father's passing, impact on the Japanese American community in Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-155-26) - 00:08:00
Description of father's funeral service: feeling overwhelmed by showing of community support (ddr-densho-1000-155-27) - 00:05:45
Experiencing a great deal of personal loss (ddr-densho-1000-155-28) - 00:04:00
Getting remarried and forming a blended family; writing about life experiences for children (ddr-densho-1000-155-29) - 00:06:25
Thoughts on the redress movement; reflecting back on the incarceration experience and its impact on current events (ddr-densho-1000-155-30) - 00:03:50
An emotional return to the former site of Minidoka concentration camp, many years later (ddr-densho-1000-155-31) - 00:09:47
Meeting some Nisei on a second trip to the former site of the Minidoka concentration camp, sharing stories (ddr-densho-1000-155-32) - 00:03:45
Reflecting on the Japanese American incarceration experience: a spiritual story of redemption (ddr-densho-1000-155-33) - 00:06:38
Looking back on life experiences (ddr-densho-1000-155-34) - 00:04:29
Continuing connection with the Japanese American community: "I don't think that tie will ever be broken" (ddr-densho-1000-155-35) - 00:02:53
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Description of nearby town of Twin Falls

00:02:13 — Segment 15 of 35

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March 24, 2004

Densho Visual History Collection


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Emery Brooks Andrews

Emery Brooks Andrews Interview

02:37:24 — 35 segments

March 24, 2004

Seattle, Washington

White male. Born November 14, 1937, in Seattle, Washington. Son of Reverend Emery Andrews, the Japanese Baptist Church minister in Seattle for many years. After the Japanese Americans in Seattle were removed to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, Emery Brooks moved with family to Twin Falls, Idaho, to minister to Nikkei in camp. Visited Japanese American friends in Minidoka throughout the war years. After World War II, returned to Seattle, attending Bailey Gatzert elementary school. In recent years, returned to the former site of Minidoka concentration camp.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho