Mary Kageyama Nomura Interview Segment 1

Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-255-1) - 00:02:39
Father's family background: father's immigration to the U.S. through Mexico (ddr-densho-1000-255-2) - 00:01:35
Mother's musical background (ddr-densho-1000-255-3) - 00:02:58
Growing up in Boyle Heights; father's untimely death (ddr-densho-1000-255-4) - 00:04:44
Memories of music in the family (ddr-densho-1000-255-5) - 00:03:50
Mother's passing, brother's fight to keep siblings together (ddr-densho-1000-255-6) - 00:07:02
Being cared for by older siblings (ddr-densho-1000-255-7) - 00:04:02
Growing up with oldest brother as head of the family (ddr-densho-1000-255-8) - 00:04:12
Brother's sacrifices to keep the family together (ddr-densho-1000-255-9) - 00:06:21
Continuing music education (ddr-densho-1000-255-10) - 00:04:37
Performing for Issei as a very young child (ddr-densho-1000-255-11) - 00:01:38
Siblings' musical abilities (ddr-densho-1000-255-12) - 00:04:03
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; attending school afterwards (ddr-densho-1000-255-13) - 00:02:05
Destroying mother's music books and instruments (ddr-densho-1000-255-14) - 00:03:39
First impressions of camp (ddr-densho-1000-255-15) - 00:05:10
Daily life in camp: walking to school (ddr-densho-1000-255-16) - 00:01:33
Seeing children in the camp orphanage (ddr-densho-1000-255-17) - 00:01:46
Noticing class differences within camp; ordering goods through the mail (ddr-densho-1000-255-18) - 00:04:20
Attending school in camp, continuing music education (ddr-densho-1000-255-19) - 00:04:31
Holding musical performances in camp (ddr-densho-1000-255-20) - 00:04:24
Participating in dances and social events in camp (ddr-densho-1000-255-21) - 00:02:36
Meeting future husband in camp (ddr-densho-1000-255-22) - 00:03:29
Brother's work with the guayule project in camp (ddr-densho-1000-255-23) - 00:05:32
Leaving camp and returning to California, living in a hostel run by the Quakers (ddr-densho-1000-255-24) - 00:04:58
Husband's work as a gardener (ddr-densho-1000-255-25) - 00:03:18
Occasional musical performances postwar (ddr-densho-1000-255-26) - 00:03:11
Raising children (ddr-densho-1000-255-27) - 00:04:36
Instilling love of music in family (ddr-densho-1000-255-28) - 00:02:26
Reflections: "I've always been very positive" (ddr-densho-1000-255-29) - 00:02:08
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Description of siblings

00:02:39 — Segment 1 of 29

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July 9, 2009

Densho Visual History Collection


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Mary Kageyama Nomura

Mary Kageyama Nomura Interview

01:51:32 — 29 segments

July 9, 2009

Torrance, California

Nisei female. Born September 29, 1925, in Los Angeles, California. Lost both parents at an early age, and was raised by older siblings as part of a large family. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Trained in music from childhood, became known as the "Songbird of Manzanar," performing in camp. After leaving camp, moved to Pasadena, California, married, and raised a family.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho