James A. Nakano Interview Segment 1

Father's family background: grandparents also immigrated to Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-245-1) -
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1000-245-2) -
Description of siblings: youngest of seven (ddr-densho-1000-245-3) -
Father's successful business as a general contractor (ddr-densho-1000-245-4) -
Day to day life as one of seven kids (ddr-densho-1000-245-5) -
Memories of mother: very quiet and reserved (ddr-densho-1000-245-6) -
Being spoiled as the youngest child (ddr-densho-1000-245-7) -
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor as a child (ddr-densho-1000-245-8) -
Father's arrest by the FBI: casual attitude (ddr-densho-1000-245-9) -
Traveling to the mainland U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-245-10) -
Friction between Japanese Hawaiians and mainland Japanese Americans in Jerome (ddr-densho-1000-245-11) -
New experiences in camp: snakes (ddr-densho-1000-245-12) -
Daily life in Jerome (ddr-densho-1000-245-13) -
The journey by train to Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1000-245-14) -
Life in Tule Lake: painting seagulls to look like Japanese planes (ddr-densho-1000-245-15) -
Difficulties of older brothers adjusting to camp life (ddr-densho-1000-245-16) -
Father and oldest brother separated from family and sent to Santa Fe (ddr-densho-1000-245-17) -
Caring for newborn sister in camp when mother is ill (ddr-densho-1000-245-18) -
Returning to Hawaii: mother's passing and difficulties with new stepmother (ddr-densho-1000-245-19) -
Attending a private boarding school (ddr-densho-1000-245-20) -
Going to law school and moving to Chicago (ddr-densho-1000-245-21) -
Observing race relations on the mainland compared with Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-245-22) -
Encountering racism in the legal profession (ddr-densho-1000-245-23) -
Having children and deciding to raise them in Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-245-24) -
Reflections: Japanese and American values (ddr-densho-1000-245-25) -
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Father's family background: grandparents also immigrated to Hawaii

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June 3, 2009

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James A. Nakano

James A. Nakano Interview

02:06:30 — 25 segments

June 3, 2009

Honolulu, Hawaii

Nisei male. Born November 12, 1933, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Grew up in Honolulu, and was nine years old when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Father was arrested by the FBI, and family went to the concentration camp at Jerome, Arkansas, to reunite with him. Transferred to Tule Lake, California, following the so-called "loyalty questionnaire." After the war, returned to Honolulu before moving to the mainland and attending law school. Eventually returned permanently to Hawaii to raise children.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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