Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 11

The significance of December 7th (ddr-densho-1000-172-1) - 00:03:38
Family background: mother immigrated to U.S. at age fifteen (ddr-densho-1000-172-2) - 00:04:21
Father's immigration story: came to "make a fortune in the 'gold streets' of America" (ddr-densho-1000-172-3) - 00:03:01
Feeling "different" growing up: Japanese language, food (ddr-densho-1000-172-4) - 00:03:57
Observations of parents' relationship: no overt signs of affection (ddr-densho-1000-172-5) - 00:05:26
Childhood memories: living above parents' grocery store, feelings of not fitting into the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-172-6) - 00:07:07
Memories of playing with other Asian Americans as a child (ddr-densho-1000-172-7) - 00:11:09
Games played as children: Kick the Can, milk tops (ddr-densho-1000-172-8) - 00:04:13
Description of childhood neighborhood: "the 'new suburbia' for Japanese Americans" (ddr-densho-1000-172-9) - 00:06:08
Influence of the Baptist Church growing up (ddr-densho-1000-172-10) - 00:03:57
Experiencing discrimination as a child: not allowed to go to certain bowling alleys, swimming pools (ddr-densho-1000-172-11) - 00:02:29
Entrepreneurial roots: helping in family grocery store as a child (ddr-densho-1000-172-12) - 00:04:36
Memories of family grocery store: informal credit system (ddr-densho-1000-172-13) - 00:03:40
Attending elementary school (ddr-densho-1000-172-14) - 00:03:46
Witnessing changes in parents, family business after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-172-15) - 00:05:33
(ddr-densho-1000-172-16) - 00:02:21
Memories of Puyallup Assembly Center as a child: having fun, selling newspapers (ddr-densho-1000-172-17) - 00:07:44
Getting into "trouble" as a child in camp (ddr-densho-1000-172-18) - 00:01:05
Effect of the incarceration experience on Issei, family life (ddr-densho-1000-172-19) - 00:03:57
Remembering the train ride from assembly center to concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-172-20) - 00:04:09
Memories of concentration camp layout, selling newspapers again (ddr-densho-1000-172-21) - 00:03:26
Attending school in a concentration camp along with Native Americans from Alaska (ddr-densho-1000-172-22) - 00:06:39
Leaving camp to attend a church camp, meeting a non-Japanese American pen pal (ddr-densho-1000-172-23) - 00:06:39
Family chooses to return to Seattle after leaving camp (ddr-densho-1000-172-24) - 00:01:48
Returning to Seattle after World War II; living at the Japanese Methodist Church (ddr-densho-1000-172-25) - 00:04:45
Returning to school after incarceration (ddr-densho-1000-172-26) - 00:04:52
Parents' struggle to rebuild their lives after World War II (ddr-densho-1000-172-27) - 00:03:46
Racial composition of high school students, being a "hyphenated American" (ddr-densho-1000-172-28) - 00:08:52
Getting started working for Osborn & Ulland, a sporting goods retail store (ddr-densho-1000-172-29) - 00:02:57
Role shift at Osborn & Ulland: from cleaning and stocking to management (ddr-densho-1000-172-30) - 00:05:03
Addressing issues of racial inequality at Osborn & Ulland (ddr-densho-1000-172-31) - 00:06:37
Personal influence on race issues in the sporting goods world (ddr-densho-1000-172-32) - 00:04:49
(ddr-densho-1000-172-33) - 00:03:29
Getting married: two different religious ceremonies (ddr-densho-1000-172-34) - 00:05:05
Description of children (ddr-densho-1000-172-35) - 00:04:15
Drawing parallels between December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001 (ddr-densho-1000-172-36) - 00:08:25
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ddr-densho-1000-172-11 (Legacy UID: denshovh-nyosh-01-0011)

Experiencing discrimination as a child: not allowed to go to certain bowling alleys, swimming pools

00:02:29 — Segment 11 of 36

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December 7, 2004

Densho Visual History Collection


Courtesy of Densho


Yosh Nakagawa

Yosh Nakagawa Interview

02:53:44 — 36 segments

December 7, 2004

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born December 27, 1932, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, and was in the third grade during mass removal to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington. Moved with family to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, before returning to Seattle to attend middle and high school. Found a lifelong job at Osborn & Ulland, a retail sporting goods store, eventually becoming manager.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho