Frank H. Hirata Interview Segment 9

Grandfather's and father's immigration to the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-271-1) - 00:04:05
Born in Spokane, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-271-2) - 00:02:16
Being tutored for part of elementary school in order to help out on family farm (ddr-densho-1000-271-3) - 00:03:23
Learning Japanese language from parents (ddr-densho-1000-271-4) - 00:01:34
Using a "washing house" to prepare vegetables for market (ddr-densho-1000-271-5) - 00:01:56
Initially resisting going to Japan with grandfather (ddr-densho-1000-271-6) - 00:02:05
Growing up in Spokane, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-271-7) - 00:02:02
Catching up academically with students in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-271-8) - 00:04:46
Attending school in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-271-9) - 00:04:35
Father reunites family in Japan because of impending war (ddr-densho-1000-271-10) - 00:03:45
Believing Japanese wartime propaganda (ddr-densho-1000-271-11) - 00:04:00
Recreational activities growing up in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-271-12) - 00:01:51
Shortage of resources in Japan during the war (ddr-densho-1000-271-13) - 00:03:03
Japanese wartime ideology (ddr-densho-1000-271-14) - 00:01:40
Drafted into the Japanese army; memories of a Red Cross hospital fire (ddr-densho-1000-271-15) - 00:07:48
Attending a National Higher School in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-271-16) - 00:04:02
Feeling "brainwashed" in Japan, animosity towards the United States (ddr-densho-1000-271-17) - 00:03:39
Changes in Japan's society and government following World War II (ddr-densho-1000-271-18) - 00:08:44
Feeling more favorably towards Americans after working with U.S. soldiers (ddr-densho-1000-271-19) - 00:03:47
Family's return to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-271-20) - 00:02:22
Converting to Christianity (ddr-densho-1000-271-21) - 00:04:56
Meeting future wife and getting married (ddr-densho-1000-271-22) - 00:02:15
Restoring U.S. citizenship and returning to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-271-23) - 00:05:35
Getting involved in the effort to save Little Tokyo in Los Angeles (ddr-densho-1000-271-24) - 00:06:58
Galvanizing the Japanese American community to save Little Tokyo (ddr-densho-1000-271-25) - 00:03:04
Observing changes in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo (ddr-densho-1000-271-26) - 00:03:10
Feeling a strong connection to the Nisei community, despite Kibei background (ddr-densho-1000-271-27) - 00:04:32
Joining the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-271-28) - 00:03:35
Establishing a career with the Bank of Tokyo (ddr-densho-1000-271-29) - 00:05:43
Raising a family (ddr-densho-1000-271-30) - 00:04:36
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-271-31) - 00:07:28
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Attending school in Japan

00:04:35 — Segment 9 of 31

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February 23, 2010

Densho Visual History Collection


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Frank H. Hirata

Frank H. Hirata Interview

02:03:15 — 31 segments

February 23, 2010

Culver City, California

Kibei-Nisei male. Born November 19, 1925, in Spokane, Washington. At the age of ten, went to Japan with grandfather. During World War II, was conscripted into the Japanese army, and was still in training when the war ended. After the war, continued education, graduating from Kyoto University with a law degree. Got married in 1957 and returned to the United States. Became involved in the fight to save Los Angeles' Little Tokyo from further encroachment from City Hall. Worked in public relations for Bank of Tokyo, which later became Union Bank.

Martha Nakagawa, interviewer; Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho