Muriel Chiyo Tanaka Onishi Interview Segment 1

Born in Hilo, Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-243-1) - 00:01:34
Parents' family background (ddr-densho-1000-243-2) - 00:04:38
Parents' work as Japanese language school teachers (ddr-densho-1000-243-3) - 00:02:44
Mother's promotion to language school principal after Father's passing (ddr-densho-1000-243-4) - 00:02:22
Attending school, being given an English name (ddr-densho-1000-243-5) - 00:07:02
Writing for local newspaper while still in high school (ddr-densho-1000-243-6) - 00:03:53
Added pressure as the daughter of the language school president (ddr-densho-1000-243-7) - 00:04:44
Receiving help from uncle after father's passing (ddr-densho-1000-243-8) - 00:04:26
Moving to Japan for medical treatment (ddr-densho-1000-243-9) - 00:04:45
Attending Women's Art College in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-243-10) - 00:03:04
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while living in Japan: "I felt terrible" (ddr-densho-1000-243-11) - 00:06:27
Being conscripted to work for the Japanese military to translate radio broadcasts (ddr-densho-1000-243-12) - 00:07:29
Feeling "disloyal" to the U.S. while working for the Japanese military (ddr-densho-1000-243-13) - 00:02:05
Being part of a special group of translators, witnessing bombing raids (ddr-densho-1000-243-14) - 00:08:42
Feeling overjoyed upon hearing that the war was over (ddr-densho-1000-243-15) - 00:03:23
Provided for by the Japanese government during the war (ddr-densho-1000-243-16) - 00:06:05
Reuniting with brother in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-243-17) - 00:02:22
Meeting future husband (ddr-densho-1000-243-18) - 00:04:04
Receiving news about mother in camp (ddr-densho-1000-243-19) - 00:03:42
Returning home to Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-243-20) - 00:04:37
Getting married, working for the Girl Scouts (ddr-densho-1000-243-21) - 00:04:28
Description of community church (ddr-densho-1000-243-22) - 00:03:01
Reflections: "forgive and forget" (ddr-densho-1000-243-23) - 00:04:00
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Born in Hilo, Hawaii

00:01:34 — Segment 1 of 23

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June 2, 2009

Densho Visual History Collection


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Muriel Chiyo Tanaka Onishi

Muriel Chiyo Tanaka Onishi Interview

01:39:37 — 23 segments

June 2, 2009

Honolulu, Hawaii

Nisei female. Born March 6, 1921, in Hilo, Hawaii. Grew up in Hilo, where parents were Japanese language school teachers. In 1939, moved to Japan to obtain medical treatment, and attended school there. During World War II, was conscripted into the Japanese military and worked as an interpreter, translating U.S. radio transmissions for General Headquarters in Tokyo. Returned to Hawaii in 1947.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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