Sharon Tanagi Aburano Interview I Segment 1

Born in Seattle, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-208-1) - 00:03:24
Parents' family background: father had served in the Japanese army (ddr-densho-1000-208-2) - 00:04:42
Parents' arranged marriage (ddr-densho-1000-208-3) - 00:03:21
Father's immigration to the United States as a contract laborer (ddr-densho-1000-208-4) - 00:08:36
Mother's background: worked as a writer/reporter for a newspaper upon arrival in U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-208-5) - 00:06:11
Parents' grocery business (ddr-densho-1000-208-6) - 00:05:20
Description of family's grocery business (ddr-densho-1000-208-7) - 00:03:34
Layout of Seattle's prewar international district (ddr-densho-1000-208-8) - 00:02:39
Having to collect payments from customers during the Great Depression (ddr-densho-1000-208-9) - 00:02:20
Observing organized gambling within the Chinese American community (ddr-densho-1000-208-10) - 00:08:11
Interactions with Chinese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-208-11) - 00:06:33
Observance of Japanese customs in the United States (ddr-densho-1000-208-12) - 00:03:56
(ddr-densho-1000-208-13) - 00:01:55
Encounters with Seattle's prewar Filipino Americans (ddr-densho-1000-208-14) - 00:03:37
Social activities: kenjinkai picnics (ddr-densho-1000-208-15) - 00:04:29
Religious activities (ddr-densho-1000-208-16) - 00:04:52
Attending an elementary school with innovative programming (ddr-densho-1000-208-17) - 00:02:41
Memories of Bailey Gatzert: the "Good American Citizenship Club" (ddr-densho-1000-208-18) - 00:05:49
Competitive atmosphere in school (ddr-densho-1000-208-19) - 00:03:52
Encountering a racist teacher in high school (ddr-densho-1000-208-20) - 00:02:15
Thoughts on diverse ethnic makeup of school (ddr-densho-1000-208-21) - 00:04:16
Deciding not to attend Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-208-22) - 00:01:24
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while in a movie theater: "we were actually panic-stricken" (ddr-densho-1000-208-23) - 00:03:27
Community atmosphere immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-208-24) - 00:05:39
Father's arrest by the FBI (ddr-densho-1000-208-25) - 00:03:12
FBI raid of home; sister's home chemistry lab (ddr-densho-1000-208-26) - 00:04:56
Feeling uncertain in time leading up to mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-208-27) - 00:03:01
Feeling on edge, speaking very little about mass removal situation (ddr-densho-1000-208-28) - 00:02:58
Preparing for mass removal: having an evacuation sale (ddr-densho-1000-208-29) - 00:05:34
Trying to operate business under curfew (ddr-densho-1000-208-30) - 00:02:30
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Born in Seattle, Washington

00:03:24 — Segment 1 of 30

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March 25, 2008

Densho Visual History Collection


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Sharon Tanagi Aburano

Sharon Tanagi Aburano Interview I

02:05:14 — 30 segments

March 25, 2008

Seattle, Washington

Nisei female. Born October 31, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. Family owned and operated a successful grocery store prior to World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp in 1944 to attend St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota. Worked in the medical field in Minnesota and Seattle before eventually pursuing a career in education.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Megan Asaka, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho