Grace Sugita Hawley Interview Segment 9

Family background: grandfather's immigration to Hawaii, establishing a cotton factory (ddr-densho-1000-246-1) - 00:05:44
Family's prewar bakery (ddr-densho-1000-246-2) - 00:02:42
Description of childhood neighborhood (ddr-densho-1000-246-3) - 00:02:49
Attending Japanese language school, speaking pidgin at home (ddr-densho-1000-246-4) - 00:02:42
Witnessing the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "that's when our lives changed" (ddr-densho-1000-246-5) - 00:04:54
Father's arrest and internment in Sand Island (ddr-densho-1000-246-6) - 00:05:12
Mother decides to join father on the mainland in an concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-246-7) - 00:04:28
The journey by ship to the mainland (ddr-densho-1000-246-8) - 00:05:33
First impressions of the mainland United States (ddr-densho-1000-246-9) - 00:04:19
Noticing differences between Hawaiian and mainland Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-246-10) - 00:06:14
Leaving camp to visit a nearby town: experiencing discrimination (ddr-densho-1000-246-11) - 00:04:31
Transferring to a different camp after Jerome closed (ddr-densho-1000-246-12) - 00:05:40
Leaving camp and moving to St. Paul, Minnesota (ddr-densho-1000-246-13) - 00:02:05
Family's restaurant in St. Paul (ddr-densho-1000-246-14) - 00:03:59
Attending school in Minnesota (ddr-densho-1000-246-15) - 00:02:46
Grandfather's experiences in Japan during World War II (ddr-densho-1000-246-16) - 00:04:28
Returning to family home in Honolulu (ddr-densho-1000-246-17) - 00:04:06
Adjusting to life in Hawaii after being in camp (ddr-densho-1000-246-18) - 00:03:53
Description of father's artistic talents and interests (ddr-densho-1000-246-19) - 00:09:02
Moving to Chicago and meeting husband (ddr-densho-1000-246-20) - 00:02:24
Living in the Japanese American community in Chicago (ddr-densho-1000-246-21) - 00:04:01
Adjusting to life in Chicago: "You could feel the bigotry" (ddr-densho-1000-246-22) - 00:04:07
Returning to Hawaii, working and raising children (ddr-densho-1000-246-23) - 00:04:18
Talking about the incarceration: limited knowledge in Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-246-24) - 00:02:11
The significance of redress and reparations (ddr-densho-1000-246-25) - 00:04:12
Reflections: increasing awareness (ddr-densho-1000-246-26) - 00:02:31
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First impressions of the mainland United States

00:04:19 — Segment 9 of 26

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June 3, 2009

Densho Visual History Collection


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Grace Sugita Hawley

Grace Sugita Hawley Interview

01:48:51 — 26 segments

June 3, 2009

Honolulu, Hawaii

Sansei female. Born September 28, 1931, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Grew up in Honolulu, where parents owned and operated a bakery. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was picked up by the FBI and taken to the Sand Island internment camp, Hawaii. Family was removed to the mainland in order to reunite with father, and was taken to Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. After Jerome closed, transferred to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, before settling in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also lived in Chicago, Illinois, before eventually returning permanently to Honolulu.

Megan Asaka, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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