Mae Iseri Yamada Interview Segment 28

Born in Thomas, Washington; receiving an American name (ddr-densho-1000-267-1) - 00:02:10
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-267-2) - 00:03:33
Father's family background, personality (ddr-densho-1000-267-3) - 00:04:13
Description of mother: "even-tempered" (ddr-densho-1000-267-4) - 00:01:46
Father's penchant for communication and customer service (ddr-densho-1000-267-5) - 00:05:44
Father establishes his own grocery store (ddr-densho-1000-267-6) - 00:04:35
Description of father's store and attached family home (ddr-densho-1000-267-7) - 00:06:11
Sister's passing due to tuberculosis, and the stigma suffered by family (ddr-densho-1000-267-8) - 00:08:38
Labor-intensive work to run the family farm (ddr-densho-1000-267-9) - 00:03:08
Memories of community picnics (ddr-densho-1000-267-10) - 00:06:26
Recollection of Bon Odori as a child (ddr-densho-1000-267-11) - 00:04:42
Attending Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-267-12) - 00:02:41
Brother's early involvement with the newly-formed Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-267-13) - 00:03:35
Father's involvement in forming a PTA for Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-267-14) - 00:07:23
Going to school with Gordon Hirabayashi (ddr-densho-1000-267-15) - 00:02:22
Remembering severe floods as a child (ddr-densho-1000-267-16) - 00:05:39
Brother's interracial marriage before World War II (ddr-densho-1000-267-17) - 00:03:08
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-267-18) - 00:04:43
Finding out after the fact about father's arrest by the FBI (ddr-densho-1000-267-19) - 00:03:57
Visiting father in the immigration station (ddr-densho-1000-267-20) - 00:06:23
Receiving letters from father in Department of Justice camps (ddr-densho-1000-267-21) - 00:03:08
An experience with a white family before and after the war (ddr-densho-1000-267-22) - 00:03:23
Helping to register families for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-267-23) - 00:04:14
Preparing to leave (ddr-densho-1000-267-24) - 00:05:11
Living conditions in assembly center, reuniting with father (ddr-densho-1000-267-25) - 00:03:41
Dealing with the heat in camp (ddr-densho-1000-267-26) - 00:05:45
Meeting future husband and getting married in camp (ddr-densho-1000-267-27) - 00:06:03
Leaving camp to work in Idaho and Oregon (ddr-densho-1000-267-28) - 00:05:18
Returning to Washington with children while husband was in the service (ddr-densho-1000-267-29) - 00:04:01
Coping with the loss of brother, killed in action (ddr-densho-1000-267-30) - 00:10:01
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-267-31) - 00:07:01
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Leaving camp to work in Idaho and Oregon

00:05:18 — Segment 28 of 31

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November 13, 2009

Densho Visual History Collection


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Mae Iseri Yamada

Mae Iseri Yamada Interview

02:28:43 — 31 segments

November 13, 2009

Seattle, Washington

Nisei female. Born August 22, 1918, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in Thomas, where parents ran a grocery store and farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Married in camp, and went to work in Weiser, Idaho, and Ontario, Oregon. After the war, returned to Washington and resided in Auburn, Washington.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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