Art Abe Interview Segment 22

Father's family background, immigration to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-206-1) - 00:05:19
Mother's family background: parents immigrated to U.S., children followed (ddr-densho-1000-206-2) - 00:05:38
Description of mother's family's greenhouse business (ddr-densho-1000-206-3) - 00:03:25
A split in mother's family between siblings born in Japan and those born in the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-206-4) - 00:06:33
Parents' work prewar: hotel business, grocery store (ddr-densho-1000-206-5) - 00:03:40
Growing up in a neighborhood with no other Japanese American peers (ddr-densho-1000-206-6) - 00:02:40
Being bullied as a child, finding a solution (ddr-densho-1000-206-7) - 00:06:01
Barred from a public swimming pool during a friend's birthday celebration (ddr-densho-1000-206-8) - 00:06:37
Attending Broadway High School; involvement in sports (ddr-densho-1000-206-9) - 00:05:24
Working summers to pay for university tuition (ddr-densho-1000-206-10) - 00:01:59
Working on a private yacht as a summer job (ddr-densho-1000-206-11) - 00:03:58
Attending the University of Washington knowing that it was difficult for Japanese Americans to find work (ddr-densho-1000-206-12) - 00:03:13
Thoughts on uncle, Jim Sakamoto (ddr-densho-1000-206-13) - 00:05:04
Description of father's role in the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-206-14) - 00:03:43
Receiving visits by FBI after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-206-15) - 00:05:54
Preparing for mass removal: selling the family's grocery store (ddr-densho-1000-206-16) - 00:06:24
Feeling bitter upon being removed: "I couldn't believe what the government was doing to us" (ddr-densho-1000-206-17) - 00:05:57
Memories of a slow journey to Minidoka (ddr-densho-1000-206-18) - 00:05:03
Leaving camp temporarily to top sugar beets, encountering discrimination (ddr-densho-1000-206-19) - 00:08:03
Organizing a labor slowdown for fair wages (ddr-densho-1000-206-20) - 00:06:45
Father perishes in the desert outside of Minidoka concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-206-21) - 00:09:15
Coping with sudden death of father, volunteering for the army (ddr-densho-1000-206-22) - 00:06:17
Working for the Veterans Administration in New York (ddr-densho-1000-206-23) - 00:04:19
Difficulties finding work postwar (ddr-densho-1000-206-24) - 00:06:39
Working for the Civil Aeronautics Administration (ddr-densho-1000-206-25) - 00:07:35
Finding work at Boeing, going back to school for an electrical engineering degree (ddr-densho-1000-206-26) - 00:05:42
Meeting future wife (ddr-densho-1000-206-27) - 00:04:20
Joining the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee, remodeling their original clubhouse (ddr-densho-1000-206-28) - 00:08:35
Description of children (ddr-densho-1000-206-29) - 00:03:23
Finding creative ways of financing construction of church (ddr-densho-1000-206-30) - 00:05:11
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Coping with sudden death of father, volunteering for the army

00:06:17 — Segment 22 of 30

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January 24, 2008

Densho Visual History Collection


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Art Abe

Art Abe Interview

02:42:36 — 30 segments

January 24, 2008

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born June 12, 1921, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in an area of Seattle with few other Japanese Americans, and was attending the University of Washington when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left Minidoka several times on temporary work leave to work on farms in the area. Suffered tragic loss in camp when father got lost outside collecting wood and perished in the elements. Volunteered for the army and served in the signal corps, eventually working for the Civil Aeronautics Administration and Boeing. Also one of the early members of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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