Fred Tadashi Shingu Interview Segment 17

Parents' family background (ddr-densho-1000-292-1) - 00:02:39
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-292-2) - 00:02:03
Childhood memories: helping pick prunes on family's farm (ddr-densho-1000-292-3) - 00:03:45
Driving a car at a very young age (ddr-densho-1000-292-4) - 00:05:37
Attending elementary school with many other Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-292-5) - 00:02:18
Going by the name of "Fred" in high school (ddr-densho-1000-292-6) - 00:03:51
Attending a segregated school (ddr-densho-1000-292-7) - 00:04:28
Going to Saturday Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-292-8) - 00:01:26
Enrolling in a trade school after graduating from high school (ddr-densho-1000-292-9) - 00:03:22
Moving to Florin after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-292-10) - 00:06:12
Older sister living in Japan during the war (ddr-densho-1000-292-11) - 00:04:13
Town of Florin split geographically for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-292-12) - 00:03:26
Arrival at the Marysville Assembly Center, California (ddr-densho-1000-292-13) - 00:02:29
Recreational activities in camp: sports and hikes (ddr-densho-1000-292-14) - 00:04:36
Jobs in Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1000-292-15) - 00:03:37
Issei activities in camp (ddr-densho-1000-292-16) - 00:02:47
Refusing to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire": "I thought it was a stupid question" (ddr-densho-1000-292-17) - 00:05:03
Labeled as a "troublemaker" due to work with the camp's motor pool (ddr-densho-1000-292-18) - 00:05:22
Description of the Tule Lake stockade (ddr-densho-1000-292-19) - 00:06:53
Participating in a hunger strike while in the Tule Lake stockade (ddr-densho-1000-292-20) - 00:01:31
Passing the time while in the stockade (ddr-densho-1000-292-21) - 00:04:58
(ddr-densho-1000-292-22) - 00:01:32
Fearing for safety during stockade inspections (ddr-densho-1000-292-23) - 00:05:48
Making the decision to renounce U.S. citizenship (ddr-densho-1000-292-24) - 00:03:47
Regaining U.S. citizenship (ddr-densho-1000-292-25) - 00:02:51
Being released from camp and working at Seabrook Farms (ddr-densho-1000-292-26) - 00:03:46
Deciding not to share story of renouncing citizenship after the war (ddr-densho-1000-292-27) - 00:03:12
Postwar work in the grocery business (ddr-densho-1000-292-28) - 00:04:03
Lessons learned from wartime experience (ddr-densho-1000-292-29) - 00:06:45
Regional differences between Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-292-30) - 00:03:52
(ddr-densho-1000-292-31) - 00:05:00
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Refusing to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire": "I thought it was a stupid question"

00:05:03 — Segment 17 of 31

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July 29, 2010

Densho Visual History Collection


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Fred Tadashi Shingu

Fred Tadashi Shingu Interview

02:01:12 — 31 segments

July 29, 2010

Los Angeles, California

Nisei male. Born April 14, 1923, in Yuba City, California. Grew up in Elk Grove, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, moved with family to Florin, California, and was removed to the Marysville Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. While in Tule Lake, refused to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and was confined in Tule Lake's stockade. Participated in a hunger strike, and eventually renounced U.S. citizenship. After release from Tule Lake, regained U.S. citizenship and returned to California.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Martha Nakagawa, interviewer; Tani Ikeda, videographer


Courtesy of Densho