Hiro Nishimura Interview Segment 11

Father's family background: immigration to the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-237-1) - 00:05:04
Description of mother: "very strict" (ddr-densho-1000-237-2) - 00:04:51
Parents' arranged marriage (ddr-densho-1000-237-3) - 00:05:58
Growing up in Seattle's Japantown (ddr-densho-1000-237-4) - 00:03:18
Getting in trouble in school (ddr-densho-1000-237-5) - 00:06:00
Disliking Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-237-6) - 00:04:46
Recreational activities, participating in sports (ddr-densho-1000-237-7) - 00:06:48
Little intermingling with different ethnic groups (ddr-densho-1000-237-8) - 00:05:23
Participating in baseball tournaments (ddr-densho-1000-237-9) - 00:04:42
Church activities (ddr-densho-1000-237-10) - 00:03:50
Feeling shocked upon hearing of the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-237-11) - 00:09:50
Being drafted into the army following December 7, 1941 (ddr-densho-1000-237-12) - 00:02:25
Attending a reception for families of new inductees (ddr-densho-1000-237-13) - 00:03:49
Being drafted while families were sent to concentration camps (ddr-densho-1000-237-14) - 00:02:48
Serving in the army as part of a segregated group of Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-237-15) - 00:03:20
Mixed feelings upon being sent to join the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-1000-237-16) - 00:06:01
The competitive nature of training for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-1000-237-17) - 00:04:06
Thoughts on the leaders of the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-1000-237-18) - 00:06:56
Shipped overseas, serving as a linguist in Burma and India (ddr-densho-1000-237-19) - 00:04:04
Having an advantage as a Japanese American interrogating Japanese war prisoners (ddr-densho-1000-237-20) - 00:05:57
Duties as a linguist (ddr-densho-1000-237-21) - 00:03:48
Facing difficulties serving in jungle conditions (ddr-densho-1000-237-22) - 00:05:25
Being asked to enlist in the regular army (ddr-densho-1000-237-23) - 00:03:20
Returning to Seattle, still experiencing discrimination (ddr-densho-1000-237-24) - 00:07:45
Meeting future wife, having children (ddr-densho-1000-237-25) - 00:01:26
A difficult decision to testify at the hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (ddr-densho-1000-237-26) - 00:07:54
Documenting life experiences, writing a book (ddr-densho-1000-237-27) - 00:06:23
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Feeling shocked upon hearing of the bombing of Pearl Harbor

00:09:50 — Segment 11 of 27

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April 28, 2009

Densho Visual History Collection


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Hiro Nishimura

Hiro Nishimura Interview

02:15:57 — 27 segments

April 28, 2009

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born August 8, 1919, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, and was attending the University of Washington when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Drafted into the military a few months after the bombing, and then transferred to the Military Intelligence Service. Served as a linguist in Burma and India during World War II. Following the war, returned to Seattle.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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