Betty Fumiye Ito Interview Segment 11

Parents' family background and life in the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-189-1) - 00:02:38
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-189-2) - 00:02:32
Memories of growing up in Medina, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-189-3) - 00:05:57
Involvement in extracurricular activities in high school (ddr-densho-1000-189-4) - 00:02:09
Description of father: "a rather quiet man with a little temper" (ddr-densho-1000-189-5) - 00:02:31
Memories of Bellevue's Japanese American community, visiting Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-189-6) - 00:04:58
High school memories; barred from interracial dating by parents (ddr-densho-1000-189-7) - 00:05:04
Attending high school at same time as older brother (ddr-densho-1000-189-8) - 00:03:34
Working as a housemaid in Seattle, meeting future husband (ddr-densho-1000-189-9) - 00:07:44
Description of husband's law practice (ddr-densho-1000-189-10) - 00:06:53
The bombing of Pearl Harbor, home searched by FBI (ddr-densho-1000-189-11) - 00:08:27
Husband's arrest by FBI, not knowing where he was (ddr-densho-1000-189-12) - 00:04:09
Husband's prewar connections to the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-189-13) - 00:05:31
Visiting husband in jail, feeling embarrassed (ddr-densho-1000-189-14) - 00:07:16
Unpleasant experiences trying to find an attorney to take husband's case (ddr-densho-1000-189-15) - 00:07:21
Encounter with a racist individual on a bus (ddr-densho-1000-189-16) - 00:06:26
Description of husband's trial, accused of acting as an agent of the Japanese government (ddr-densho-1000-189-17) - 00:10:12
Feelings upon hearing that husband was acquitted (ddr-densho-1000-189-18) - 00:08:10
Removal to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-189-19) - 00:02:46
Dealing with unpleasant living conditions in Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-189-20) - 00:05:43
Life in Tule Lake; husband become block manager (ddr-densho-1000-189-21) - 00:03:19
Raising daughter alone during husband's detention (ddr-densho-1000-189-22) - 00:06:54
Answering the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-189-23) - 00:05:48
Leaving camp and moving to Los Angeles (ddr-densho-1000-189-24) - 00:10:23
Experiencing housing discrimination postwar (ddr-densho-1000-189-25) - 00:06:41
Feeling distanced from the Japanese American community; reflections (ddr-densho-1000-189-26) - 00:05:44
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The bombing of Pearl Harbor, home searched by FBI

00:08:27 — Segment 11 of 26

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April 5, 2006

Densho Visual History Collection


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Betty Fumiye Ito

Betty Fumiye Ito Interview

02:28:50 — 26 segments

April 5, 2006

Seattle, Washington

Nisei female. Born March 29, 1918, in Seattle, Washington, and spent childhood in Medina and Bellevue, Washington. While in high school was a member of the Bellevue Strawberry Festival's Queen's Court. In 1939 married Kenji Ito, a prominent Japanese American lawyer who practiced in Seattle. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, recounts her experiences as her husband was picked up by the FBI on the evening of December 7, 1941. Describes the trial and acquittal of her husband after he was accused of working as a non-registered agent for Japan. After the trial, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After the war, resettled in the Los Angeles area.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho