Bruce T. Kaji Interview II Segment 1

Getting married (ddr-densho-1000-300-1) -
Backing a venture to mine uranium (ddr-densho-1000-300-2) -
Establishing several successful business ventures in Little Tokyo (ddr-densho-1000-300-3) -
Meeting some important clients from Japan (ddr-densho-1000-300-4) -
Deciding to run for Gardena city treasurer (ddr-densho-1000-300-5) -
Memories of the grand opening of Merit Savings Bank (ddr-densho-1000-300-6) -
Work as president of Merit Savings (ddr-densho-1000-300-7) -
Key role in the fight to save Los Angeles' Little Tokyo from redevelopment (ddr-densho-1000-300-8) -
Fighting unfair hiring practices on behalf of returning Japanese American GIs (ddr-densho-1000-300-9) -
First considering the idea of a national Japanese American museum (ddr-densho-1000-300-10) -
Early role in establishing the Japanese American National Museum (ddr-densho-1000-300-11) -
Meeting renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki (ddr-densho-1000-300-12) -
The challenge of securing community monetary support for the Japanese American National Museum (ddr-densho-1000-300-13) -
The very early days and the grand opening of the Japanese American National Museum (ddr-densho-1000-300-14) -
Thoughts on the future of the Japanese American National Museum (ddr-densho-1000-300-15) -
Description of the project to resurrect the Japanese Garden at Roosevelt High School (ddr-densho-1000-300-16) -
Attending a special graduation ceremony for Nisei whose educations were disrupted by the war (ddr-densho-1000-300-17) -
Involvement with the Manzanar National Historic Site (ddr-densho-1000-300-18) -
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Getting married

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September 1, 2010

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Bruce T. Kaji

Bruce T. Kaji Interview II

02:45:06 — 18 segments

September 1, 2010

Los Angeles, California

Nisei male. Born May 9, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles and was in high school when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. During the war, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Left camp to attend Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, then was inducted into the army. Joined the Military Intelligence Service and served in Japan during the U.S. occupation as an interpreter for the war crimes trials. Returned to Los Angeles and established Merit Savings Bank, later becoming involved in the redevelopment of Little Tokyo. Mr. Kaji is one of the key founders of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Martha Nakagawa, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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