Lillian Nakano Interview Segment 1

Family background: Nisei parents from Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-254-1) - 00:03:48
Description of father's bakery business (ddr-densho-1000-254-2) - 00:06:22
Growing up in Hawaii: "we had a pretty carefree life" (ddr-densho-1000-254-3) - 00:02:09
Traveling to Japan just before World War II to study Japanese music and dance (ddr-densho-1000-254-4) - 00:05:15
The aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-254-5) - 00:05:06
Race relations in prewar Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-254-6) - 00:03:35
Father's pickup by the FBI, leaving for a camp on the mainland to be reunited (ddr-densho-1000-254-7) - 00:03:56
Initial impressions of Jerome concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-254-8) - 00:03:14
Living conditions in Jerome; relationships between Hawaiians and mainlanders (ddr-densho-1000-254-9) - 00:03:40
Attending summer school in camp, meeting new people (ddr-densho-1000-254-10) - 00:07:29
Transferring to Heart Mountain concentration camp, then moving to St. Paul, Minnesota (ddr-densho-1000-254-11) - 00:02:07
Returning to Hawaii, getting married (ddr-densho-1000-254-12) - 00:07:21
Moving to Chicago (ddr-densho-1000-254-13) - 00:05:05
Adjusting to life in Chicago, parents open a Japanese restaurant (ddr-densho-1000-254-14) - 00:07:08
Moving to Los Angeles and getting involved in the Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO) (ddr-densho-1000-254-15) - 00:06:19
Educating the Japanese American community about the need for redress (ddr-densho-1000-254-16) - 00:05:25
Forming the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations, dealing with divisions between community groups (ddr-densho-1000-254-17) - 00:08:28
Increasing involvement of women in the redress movement (ddr-densho-1000-254-18) - 00:04:43
Reflections on the redress movement (ddr-densho-1000-254-19) - 00:06:45
Continuing work with community organizing (ddr-densho-1000-254-20) - 00:04:36
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Family background: Nisei parents from Hawaii

00:03:48 — Segment 1 of 20

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July 8, 2009

Densho Visual History Collection


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Lillian Nakano

Lillian Nakano Interview

01:42:31 — 20 segments

July 8, 2009

Torrance, California

Sansei female, born April 30, 1928, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Grew up in Hawaii, where family ran a successful wholesale bakery business. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was picked up by the FBI and sent to Sand Island internment camp. Moved with rest of the family to Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas, to be reunited with father. Moved for a short time to the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, when Jerome closed, before returning to Hawaii. Married and moved to Chicago, Illinois, before eventually moving to Los Angeles. Along with husband Bert Nakano, became active in the redress movement, helping to establish the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations.

Megan Asaka, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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