Nancy Sawada Miyagishima Interview Segment 1

Origins of name (ddr-densho-1000-214-1) -
Grandparents' immigration to Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-214-2) -
Grandparents' prewar work in the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-214-3) -
Marriage and separation of parents (ddr-densho-1000-214-4) -
Raised by grandparents after mother's passing (ddr-densho-1000-214-5) -
Attending school in Santa Monica, California (ddr-densho-1000-214-6) -
Living in Colorado when Pearl Harbor was bombed (ddr-densho-1000-214-7) -
Living on a farm in Colorado during World War II (ddr-densho-1000-214-8) -
Japanese American community activities (ddr-densho-1000-214-9) -
Other family members come to Colorado during the war (ddr-densho-1000-214-10) -
Younger sister's experiences in camp and in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-214-11) -
Communication with sister in Japan postwar (ddr-densho-1000-214-12) -
Family's postwar experiences returning to the West Coast (ddr-densho-1000-214-13) -
Daily life working on farm (ddr-densho-1000-214-14) -
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Attending high school in Fort Lupton, Colorado (ddr-densho-1000-214-16) -
Moving to Denver (ddr-densho-1000-214-17) -
Continuing high school in Denver (ddr-densho-1000-214-18) -
Communicating with grandparents in Japanese (ddr-densho-1000-214-19) -
Meeting future husband and getting married (ddr-densho-1000-214-20) -
Career as a dental assistant (ddr-densho-1000-214-21) -
Hearing about discrimination in Denver (ddr-densho-1000-214-22) -
Description of children (ddr-densho-1000-214-23) -
Current projects and activities (ddr-densho-1000-214-24) -
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Origins of name

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May 13, 2008

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Nancy Sawada Miyagishima

Nancy Sawada Miyagishima Interview

01:22:12 — 24 segments

May 13, 2008

Denver, Colorado

Sansei female. Born September 17, 1930, in Sacramento, California. Spent childhood in Sacramento where mother and stepfather worked on strawberry fields. Sent to live with relatives in Fort Lupton, Colorado, after mother passed away in March 1941. Unable to return to West Coast after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Extended family moved to Colorado during "voluntary evacuation" period. Stepfather and younger sister removed to Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas, where they renounced citizenship and repatriated to Japan in 1946. Attended high school in Brighton and Denver, Colorado. Married husband, Alfred Miyagishima, and worked as a dental assistant until retirement.

Megan Asaka, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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