Mary Hirata Segment 1

Father's family background (ddr-densho-1000-22-1) - 00:02:15
A picture bride's arrival in the United States (ddr-densho-1000-22-2) - 00:01:42
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-22-3) - 00:01:55
Growing up Nisei in Wenatchee, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-22-4) - 00:01:52
Knowing very few other Japanese Americans in Wenatchee, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-22-5) - 00:03:48
Attending a one-room elementary school (ddr-densho-1000-22-6) - 00:03:03
Family life in Wenatchee, Washington, learning English and going to church (ddr-densho-1000-22-7) - 00:03:00
Memories of prewar Seattle: Alki Beach, walking to "Tip School" (ddr-densho-1000-22-8) - 00:03:41
Running a family-owned business in prewar Seattle; memories of things left behind during mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-22-9) - 00:02:26
Reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor: burning all things Japanese (ddr-densho-1000-22-10) - 00:02:03
Preparing for mass removal: deciding what to take, and remembering things left behind (ddr-densho-1000-22-11) - 00:03:46
A circuitous trip to reach Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-22-12) - 00:02:57
Puyallup Assembly Center: six in one room, no privacy (ddr-densho-1000-22-13) - 00:03:03
Trying to pass the time in the Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-22-14) - 00:02:05
Activities of the younger children in the Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-22-15) - 00:02:55
Impressions of Minidoka concentration camp: "My God, the dust!" (ddr-densho-1000-22-16) - 00:03:05
Social activities in camp (ddr-densho-1000-22-17) - 00:03:10
Brothers volunteer for military service (ddr-densho-1000-22-18) - 00:01:39
Life in the Minidoka concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-22-19) - 00:03:35
Social life in Minidoka concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-22-20) - 00:01:54
Work-leave to Pocatello, Idaho as a "school-girl" (ddr-densho-1000-22-21) - 00:03:30
Experiences in Pocatello, Idaho, during the war (ddr-densho-1000-22-22) - 00:03:05
Adjusting to life in Pocatello, Idaho, during the war (ddr-densho-1000-22-23) - 00:02:19
Cultural values emphasized by parents (ddr-densho-1000-22-24) - 00:02:32
Considering signing up for the WAC (ddr-densho-1000-22-25) - 00:03:52
Returning to postwar Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-22-26) - 00:02:47
Adopting a daughter (ddr-densho-1000-22-27) - 00:03:32
Working as a wall-washer, cocktail waitress, in postwar Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-22-28) - 00:04:15
Working in postwar Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-22-29) - 00:02:42
Participating in Japanese American community organizations: Boy Scouts (ddr-densho-1000-22-30) - 00:02:35
Raising children in postwar Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-22-31) - 00:05:22
Life after husband's passing (ddr-densho-1000-22-32) - 00:01:54
Speaking publicly about the incarceration (ddr-densho-1000-22-33) - 00:03:17
Making the decision not to remarry (ddr-densho-1000-22-34) - 00:02:54
Looking back on incarceration experiences (ddr-densho-1000-22-35) - 00:02:54
(ddr-densho-1000-22-36) - 00:02:07
Changing views of incarceration over the years (ddr-densho-1000-22-37) - 00:03:13
Message to future generations: "make sure it's never done again" (ddr-densho-1000-22-38) - 00:01:58
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Father's family background

00:02:15 — Segment 1 of 38

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March 27, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Mary Hirata

Mary Hirata Interview

01:48:42 — 38 segments

March 27, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Nisei female. Born November 27, 1926, in Wenatchee, Washington. Grew up in Wenatchee and moved to Seattle with family in 1938. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled during World War II in Pocatello, Idaho. Returned to Seattle after World War II.

Beth Kawahara, interviewer; Alice Ito, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho