Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 23

Family background: parents immigrated from Japan, settled near Seattle, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-170-1) - 00:04:09
Birth of siblings, early memories of living on Vashon Island, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-170-2) - 00:05:28
Early memories of working on family farm (ddr-densho-1000-170-3) - 00:04:52
Daily life on family farm: clearing land, digging a well (ddr-densho-1000-170-4) - 00:07:04
Description of family farm: harvesting crops, stitching boxes (ddr-densho-1000-170-5) - 00:06:37
Interaction with non-Japanese Americans: schoolmates, church members, neighbors (ddr-densho-1000-170-6) - 00:08:59
Childhood memories: school activities, using cultivator on family farm (ddr-densho-1000-170-7) - 00:07:14
Making a salutatorian speech at grammar school graduation (ddr-densho-1000-170-8) - 00:06:39
A violent incident on a neighboring farm (ddr-densho-1000-170-9) - 00:05:30
Working in a restaurant in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown (ddr-densho-1000-170-10) - 00:06:28
Older sister contracts tuberculosis, wants to go to Idaho (ddr-densho-1000-170-11) - 00:04:06
An unpleasant trip to Idaho; getting married (ddr-densho-1000-170-12) - 00:08:19
An unhappy marriage: "I was trapped" (ddr-densho-1000-170-13) - 00:06:03
An eventful year: older sister passes away from tuberculosis, first child is born (ddr-densho-1000-170-14) - 00:05:47
Raising son in primitive conditions in Eatonville, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-170-15) - 00:04:31
Staying in Seattle's Fujin Home, a home for women run by the Japanese Baptist Church (ddr-densho-1000-170-16) - 00:05:25
Regaining U.S. citizenship, which had been lost upon marriage to a Japanese citizen (ddr-densho-1000-170-17) - 00:03:16
Difficulties raising two young children (ddr-densho-1000-170-18) - 00:05:25
Getting divorced (ddr-densho-1000-170-19) - 00:03:28
Returning with children to family farm: "they really loved it" (ddr-densho-1000-170-20) - 00:05:45
Childhood memories of 1918 flu epidemic (ddr-densho-1000-170-21) - 00:03:49
Memories of working on family farm as a child (ddr-densho-1000-170-22) - 00:03:03
Working as a housegirl (ddr-densho-1000-170-23) - 00:03:55
Finding work: waitressing, department store (ddr-densho-1000-170-24) - 00:03:55
Memories of living and farming in Torrance, California (ddr-densho-1000-170-25) - 00:10:42
(ddr-densho-1000-170-26) - 00:05:13
Thoughts of war prior to 1941: "I don't think I took war that seriously" (ddr-densho-1000-170-27) - 00:04:30
Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor; trying to prepare for mass removal: "I still have nightmares" (ddr-densho-1000-170-28) - 00:06:49
Preparing for mass removal: "it just seemed like everybody turned against us" (ddr-densho-1000-170-29) - 00:05:09
The train ride to Pinedale Assembly Center: "we were being treated as enemies" (ddr-densho-1000-170-30) - 00:05:52
Harsh conditions in assembly center: heat, lines, poor facilities (ddr-densho-1000-170-31) - 00:07:53
First impressions of Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-170-32) - 00:04:30
Daily life at Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1000-170-33) - 00:03:03
Receiving treatment in an concentration camp hospital (ddr-densho-1000-170-34) - 00:03:37
Experiences working in an concentration camp hospital (ddr-densho-1000-170-35) - 00:10:55
Social activities in camp: dating, dances (ddr-densho-1000-170-36) - 00:09:09
Shell collecting and crafting in Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1000-170-37) - 00:08:45
Dealing with the questions of military service and leaving camp (ddr-densho-1000-170-38) - 00:06:52
Daughter moves out to attend school; Peggie and son are transferred to Minidoka (ddr-densho-1000-170-39) - 00:08:43
Moving to Minidoka, Idaho: memories of a coal workers' strike (ddr-densho-1000-170-40) - 00:04:22
Working for the Reports Office in Minidoka: learning photography (ddr-densho-1000-170-41) - 00:06:54
Dealing with suspicion because of association with camp administration (ddr-densho-1000-170-42) - 00:06:35
Fond memories of working at a farm worker labor camp (ddr-densho-1000-170-43) - 00:06:02
Discussion of process of coloring photographs (ddr-densho-1000-170-44) - 00:07:44
Preparing to leave camp, deciding where to go (ddr-densho-1000-170-45) - 00:05:00
Circumstances surrounding losing family property during the war (ddr-densho-1000-170-46) - 00:06:57
Leaving camp and moving to Chicago: "I thought, 'This is terrible'" (ddr-densho-1000-170-47) - 00:07:04
Facing discrimination and unpleasant conditions while trying to find housing (ddr-densho-1000-170-48) - 00:06:08
Finding housing in Chicago; receiving help from a Jewish man (ddr-densho-1000-170-49) - 00:03:21
Working in a packing company, promoted to a supervisory position (ddr-densho-1000-170-50) - 00:07:04
Description of working in a corrugated box factory with people of different ethnicities (ddr-densho-1000-170-51) - 00:08:23
A frightening experience with nephew (ddr-densho-1000-170-52) - 00:05:00
Living alone in Chicago: "I was devastated" (ddr-densho-1000-170-53) - 00:05:18
Finding a job in a photo studio (ddr-densho-1000-170-54) - 00:06:48
Description of enjoyable job at photo studio (ddr-densho-1000-170-55) - 00:05:24
Description of daughter's and son's postwar experiences (ddr-densho-1000-170-56) - 00:05:41
A traumatic medical incident (ddr-densho-1000-170-57) - 00:06:40
Fond memories of diverse co-workers in photo studio (ddr-densho-1000-170-58) - 00:05:13
(ddr-densho-1000-170-59) - 00:02:53
An eventful road trip to visit parents in Seattle area (ddr-densho-1000-170-60) - 00:05:06
Description of daily life in Chicago (ddr-densho-1000-170-61) - 00:05:06
Adjusting to living with daughter and grandchildren in Chicago (ddr-densho-1000-170-62) - 00:06:11
(ddr-densho-1000-170-63) - 00:03:33
Getting remarried and moving back to Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-170-64) - 00:07:00
Mother's declining health (ddr-densho-1000-170-65) - 00:03:40
Coping with parents' health difficulties (ddr-densho-1000-170-66) - 00:09:07
Caring for ailing mother (ddr-densho-1000-170-67) - 00:08:03
Dealing with a frightening medical situation (ddr-densho-1000-170-68) - 00:07:44
An unusual vision (ddr-densho-1000-170-69) - 00:03:00
Description of five-generation family; getting married again (ddr-densho-1000-170-70) - 00:05:18
Thoughts on staying young: dancing, staying busy, enjoying nature (ddr-densho-1000-170-71) - 00:08:39
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Working as a housegirl

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September 15-17, 2004

Densho Visual History Collection


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Peggie Nishimura Bain

Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview

07:02:27 — 71 segments

September 15-17, 2004

Seattle, Washington

Nisei female. Born March 31, 1909, in Vashon Island, Washington. Raised in Vashon Island and Des Moines, Washington, before being removed with her two children to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California. Later transferred to Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and Minidoka, Idaho, before resettling in Chicago, Illinois. Lived and worked in Chicago before eventually returning to Seattle, Washington.

Alice Ito, interviewer; John Pai, videographer


Courtesy of Densho