Kiyoshi Seishin Yamashita Interview Segment 6

Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-265-1) - 00:02:42
Parents' family backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-265-2) - 00:07:48
Growing up during the Great Depression (ddr-densho-1000-265-3) - 00:08:12
The importance of the Auburn Buddhist Church (ddr-densho-1000-265-4) - 00:07:41
Attending a large Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-265-5) - 00:03:39
A good student: salutatorian of high school class (ddr-densho-1000-265-6) - 00:01:41
The significance of the railroad industry to childhood town (ddr-densho-1000-265-7) - 00:03:03
Graduating from high school and "batching" at the University of Washington (ddr-densho-1000-265-8) - 00:04:30
Theme of high school graduation speech: "Japanese national spirit" (ddr-densho-1000-265-9) - 00:04:48
Wanting to pursue a career in the foreign service: advised to drop because of Japanese ancestry (ddr-densho-1000-265-10) - 00:04:12
Studying Japanese language at the University of Washington (ddr-densho-1000-265-11) - 00:01:15
Parents and siblings stranded in Japan at the onset of World War II (ddr-densho-1000-265-12) - 00:06:11
Having to leave for camp just prior to graduation from college (ddr-densho-1000-265-13) - 00:05:14
Memories of losing younger sister to illness at an early age (ddr-densho-1000-265-14) - 00:07:20
Removal to Pinedale with cousins, since immediate family was in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-265-15) - 00:05:03
Being recruited out of camp for the Naval Intelligence Language School (ddr-densho-1000-265-16) - 00:05:05
Teaching at the U.S. Naval Intelligence Language School (ddr-densho-1000-265-17) - 00:06:59
Hearing very little about the army language school (ddr-densho-1000-265-18) - 00:02:19
Volunteering for a special intelligence translation program at Columbia University (ddr-densho-1000-265-19) - 00:03:20
Becoming a Japanese language instructor in a program at Harvard University (ddr-densho-1000-265-20) - 00:02:32
Deciding to go to Japan as a linguist during the U.S. occupation (ddr-densho-1000-265-21) - 00:04:55
First impressions of Japan and reuniting with mother and sisters (ddr-densho-1000-265-22) - 00:05:17
Working for the U.S. government during the occupation of Japan (ddr-densho-1000-265-23) - 00:01:55
Becoming a Buddhist minister and forming a church for Nikkei in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-265-24) - 00:07:42
Working for the U.S. government and serving as a Buddhist minister in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-265-25) - 00:03:45
Getting married and having children (ddr-densho-1000-265-26) - 00:04:32
Returning to the U.S. and getting involved with the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research (ddr-densho-1000-265-27) - 00:10:46
Looking back on translation work (ddr-densho-1000-265-28) - 00:03:59
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-265-29) - 00:05:44
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A good student: salutatorian of high school class

00:01:41 — Segment 6 of 29

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October 30, 2009

Densho Visual History Collection


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Kiyoshi Seishin Yamashita

Kiyoshi Seishin Yamashita Interview

02:22:09 — 29 segments

October 30, 2009

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born February 14, 1920, in Kent, Washington. Grew up in the nearby town of Auburn, where parents ran a farm. Family was involved Auburn Buddhist Church. Graduated from the University of Washington in 1942 and removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Recruited out of Tule Lake to teach at the Naval Intelligence Language School in Boulder, Colorado. Worked in Japan as a linguist for the U.S. government during the U.S. occupation. While in Japan, became a Buddhist minister. Eventually returned to the United States and worked for the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho