Jim M. Tanimoto Interview Segment 28

Origins of name, description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-270-1) - 00:02:55
Father's establishment of a rice-growing farm in California (ddr-densho-1000-270-2) - 00:08:02
Description of mother (ddr-densho-1000-270-3) - 00:01:48
Three oldest siblings sent to live in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-270-4) - 00:01:59
Description of father's accident with dynamite while clearing farmland (ddr-densho-1000-270-5) - 00:05:51
Discriminated against because of country background (ddr-densho-1000-270-6) - 00:06:11
Attending picnics and church functions (ddr-densho-1000-270-7) - 00:04:40
Memories of playing with a shotgun as a boy (ddr-densho-1000-270-8) - 00:03:45
Feeling a difference in the community after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "basically everything changed" (ddr-densho-1000-270-9) - 00:07:05
Father's prewar strategy of leasing farmland (ddr-densho-1000-270-10) - 00:06:41
Arranging for a German family to take care of farmland during the war (ddr-densho-1000-270-11) - 00:07:28
Having to leave farm a week before harvesting crops (ddr-densho-1000-270-12) - 00:01:52
Arriving in Tule Lake and being surprised to see desert land (ddr-densho-1000-270-13) - 00:06:07
Watching people take lumber at nighttime to improve their barracks (ddr-densho-1000-270-14) - 00:03:28
Working on construction crew in camp (ddr-densho-1000-270-15) - 00:05:58
Reasons for refusing to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-270-16) - 00:04:19
Picked up as part of a large group for refusing to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-270-17) - 00:03:25
Feeling pressure to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" by War Relocation Authority officials (ddr-densho-1000-270-18) - 00:04:11
Being jailed for refusing to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-270-19) - 00:07:31
Imprisoned at the Tulelake Civilian Conservation Corps camp (ddr-densho-1000-270-20) - 00:05:37
Realizing the seriousness of situation during a nighttime raid (ddr-densho-1000-270-21) - 00:08:04
Having an informal hearing, still refusing to sign the so-called "loyalty questions" (ddr-densho-1000-270-22) - 00:11:32
Being released back to concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-270-23) - 00:03:31
Released back to home in Gridley before exclusion zone was lifted (ddr-densho-1000-270-24) - 00:10:48
Memories of Tule Lake during martial law (ddr-densho-1000-270-25) - 00:07:19
A personal experience with discrimination upon returning home (ddr-densho-1000-270-26) - 00:09:44
Establishing a successful kiwi-growing operation after the war (ddr-densho-1000-270-27) - 00:05:04
(ddr-densho-1000-270-28) - 00:02:53
Involvement in Gridley community (ddr-densho-1000-270-29) - 00:07:39
Attending Tule Lake pilgrimages (ddr-densho-1000-270-30) - 00:06:41
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December 10, 2009

Densho Visual History Collection


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Jim M. Tanimoto

Jim M. Tanimoto Interview

02:52:08 — 30 segments

December 10, 2009

Gridley, California

Nisei male. Born June 3, 1923, in Marysville, California. Grew up in Marysville, California, eventually moving to Gridley, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, removed with family to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Refused to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and was removed with most other young men in Tule Lake's Block 42 to a former CCC camp in Tulelake, California. Still refused to sign the questionnaire, but was returned to Tule Lake after WRA officials concluded he had been influenced by older group members. Family was released early and returned to their home in Gridley in February of 1944. After the war, became a successful farmer growing kiwi fruit in Gridley.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Barbara Takei, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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