Wakako Yamauchi Interview Segment 1

Born in Westmorland, California (ddr-densho-1000-253-1) - 00:03:53
Parents' family background (ddr-densho-1000-253-2) - 00:02:31
First reading the work of author Hisaye Yamamoto (ddr-densho-1000-253-3) - 00:04:58
Growing up and attending school in the Imperial Valley, California (ddr-densho-1000-253-4) - 00:03:38
Circumstances of parents' marriage (ddr-densho-1000-253-5) - 00:07:46
Writing about a childhood memory of burning down the family's bathhouse (ddr-densho-1000-253-6) - 00:06:08
A memorable Issei bachelor in the community (ddr-densho-1000-253-7) - 00:03:58
Moving to Oceanside, California, after 1940 earthquake (ddr-densho-1000-253-8) - 00:07:25
Growing up in Oceanside (ddr-densho-1000-253-9) - 00:04:07
Remembering incidents as a young girl growing up in family's boarding house (ddr-densho-1000-253-10) - 00:04:29
Drawing cartoons in camp, first attempt at writing (ddr-densho-1000-253-11) - 00:04:38
Family's wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1000-253-12) - 00:02:48
Father's passing in camp (ddr-densho-1000-253-13) - 00:07:33
Meeting future husband (ddr-densho-1000-253-14) - 00:05:02
Getting married, having two ceremonies (ddr-densho-1000-253-15) - 00:04:15
Taking odd jobs after getting married (ddr-densho-1000-253-16) - 00:09:56
Writing first successful story, 'And the Soul Shall Dance,' turning it into a screenplay (ddr-densho-1000-253-17) - 00:06:22
Experiences writing play (ddr-densho-1000-253-18) - 00:05:09
Making a television version of play (ddr-densho-1000-253-19) - 00:02:32
The emotional impact of divorce on writing (ddr-densho-1000-253-20) - 00:04:05
Thoughts on writing: "You can only write what you truly feel inside" (ddr-densho-1000-253-21) - 00:04:56
Reflections, publishing a new book (ddr-densho-1000-253-22) - 00:03:03
Free to use This object is offered under a Creative Commons license. You are free to use it for any non-commercial purpose as long as you properly cite it, and if you share what you have created.

Learn more...

ddr-densho-1000-253-1 (Legacy UID: denshovh-ywakako-01-0001)

Born in Westmorland, California

00:03:53 — Segment 1 of 22

Previous segment Next segment

July 8, 2009

Densho Visual History Collection


Courtesy of Densho


Wakako Yamauchi

Wakako Yamauchi Interview

01:49:12 — 22 segments

July 8, 2009

Torrance, California

Nisei female. Born October 23, 1924, in Westmorland, California. Grew up in the Imperial Valley before being removed with family to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona, during World War II. After leaving camp, attended art school in San Diego before marrying and moving to Los Angeles. Published short story And the Soul Shall Dance, which was adapted into a successful play and then a television drama.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho