Aya Uenishi Medrud Interview Segment 8

Family background: parents' immigration to Spokane, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-213-1) - 00:03:18
Parents' and grandparents' prewar work in Seattle, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-213-2) - 00:03:43
Memories of childhood: Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, breaking collar bone in an accident (ddr-densho-1000-213-3) - 00:02:26
Transferring to a Catholic elementary school, being given the name Mariagnes (ddr-densho-1000-213-4) - 00:04:00
Attending Japanese language school, converting to Roman Catholicism (ddr-densho-1000-213-5) - 00:01:46
Memories of Japanese American community activities prewar (ddr-densho-1000-213-6) - 00:02:05
Feeling that others couldn't distinguish between Japanese and Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-213-7) - 00:03:16
Father's pick-up by the FBI: taking belongings to him but not being allowed to see him (ddr-densho-1000-213-8) - 00:04:30
Deciding what to purchase and pack in preparation for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-213-9) - 00:03:37
Conditions in Puyallup: living in a horse stall (ddr-densho-1000-213-10) - 00:02:40
An uncomfortable train ride to Minidoka concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-213-11) - 00:01:56
Barracks in Minidoka: gathering coal to heat rooms (ddr-densho-1000-213-12) - 00:02:49
Attending school in camp and learning civics: "this doesn't make sense" (ddr-densho-1000-213-13) - 00:06:01
The difficulty of being separated from father (ddr-densho-1000-213-14) - 00:04:14
Dealing with the responsibility of helping mother in absence of father (ddr-densho-1000-213-15) - 00:05:37
Leaving camp for New York (ddr-densho-1000-213-16) - 00:02:38
Adjusting to life in Utica, New York: a mixed welcome (ddr-densho-1000-213-17) - 00:02:50
A traumatic encounter after seeing wounded Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-1000-213-18) - 00:06:27
Attending art school (ddr-densho-1000-213-19) - 00:05:02
Carefree memories of New York City (ddr-densho-1000-213-20) - 00:02:11
Working in Japan for the U.S. Army (ddr-densho-1000-213-21) - 00:04:46
Working for the Tokyo General Army Hospital during the Korean War (ddr-densho-1000-213-22) - 00:04:17
Experiences working for an orthopedic surgeon during the Korean War (ddr-densho-1000-213-23) - 00:04:09
Reconciling pacifist stance with husband, a U.S. Air Force officer (ddr-densho-1000-213-24) - 00:01:26
Moving to Boulder, Colorado (ddr-densho-1000-213-25) - 00:06:01
Witnessing student riots protesting the Vietnam War (ddr-densho-1000-213-26) - 00:03:17
Involvement with the American Friends Service Committee (ddr-densho-1000-213-27) - 00:03:24
Work with a task force examining human services in Boulder, Colorado (ddr-densho-1000-213-28) - 00:02:19
Addressing issues of race and identity in the schools (ddr-densho-1000-213-29) - 00:03:35
Volunteer work with the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (ddr-densho-1000-213-30) - 00:05:02
Helping to establish the Boulder County Immigrant Integration Committee (ddr-densho-1000-213-31) - 00:03:09
Decision to change name from Mariagnes back to birth name, Aya (ddr-densho-1000-213-32) - 00:02:32
Continuing work with a public project to recognize the life of Minoru Yasui (ddr-densho-1000-213-33) - 00:05:34
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Father's pick-up by the FBI: taking belongings to him but not being allowed to see him

00:04:30 — Segment 8 of 33

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May 13, 2008

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Aya Uenishi Medrud

Aya Uenishi Medrud Interview

02:00:37 — 33 segments

May 13, 2008

Denver, Colorado

Nisei female. Born April 9, 1925, in Malden, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, Washington, before being removed with family to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. From Minidoka, relocated with family to Utica, New York. Worked in Japan for the U.S. Army of Occupation, and for the Tokyo General Army Hospital during the Korean War. Married a U.S. Air Force officer and eventually moved to Boulder, Colorado. A Quaker and pacifist, Ms. Medrud continued her work with numerous civic organizations until she passed away on April 7, 2016.

Daryl Maeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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