Toru Saito Interview Segment 5

Coming to terms with Japanese name (ddr-densho-1000-307-1) - 00:02:23
Growing up in San Francisco (ddr-densho-1000-307-2) - 00:04:27
As a child, remembering being frightened after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-307-3) - 00:02:19
Hospitalized for earaches while family was incarcerated (ddr-densho-1000-307-4) - 00:08:38
Coping with life in camp as a child (ddr-densho-1000-307-5) - 00:06:48
The psychological impact of camp on Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-307-6) - 00:07:26
Food in camp (ddr-densho-1000-307-7) - 00:03:31
Beginning school in Topaz (ddr-densho-1000-307-8) - 00:08:26
Returning to Topaz and finding marbles buried there as a child (ddr-densho-1000-307-9) - 00:04:15
Getting into mischief as a child in camp (ddr-densho-1000-307-10) - 00:05:04
Unpleasant memories of camp (ddr-densho-1000-307-11) - 00:05:02
Reluctance to talk about abuse in the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-307-12) - 00:03:42
Rebuilding lives after camp (ddr-densho-1000-307-13) - 00:09:49
Difficulty adjusting after camp (ddr-densho-1000-307-14) - 00:07:16
Importance of music (ddr-densho-1000-307-15) - 00:02:53
Organizing pilgrimages back to Topaz (ddr-densho-1000-307-16) - 00:08:42
Importance of returning to camp sites (ddr-densho-1000-307-17) - 00:07:30
Thoughts on redress (ddr-densho-1000-307-18) - 00:10:05
Therapeutic effects of talking about wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1000-307-19) - 00:06:28
Dealing with a difficult stepfather (ddr-densho-1000-307-20) - 00:05:34
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Coping with life in camp as a child

00:06:48 — Segment 5 of 20

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December 1, 2010

Densho Visual History Collection


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Toru Saito

Toru Saito Interview

02:00:18 — 20 segments

December 1, 2010

San Jose, California

Sansei male. Born December 11, 1937, in San Francisco, California. Nearly age four when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. In this interview, Mr. Saito discusses many of the harmful psychological effects of the World War II experience on himself and other Japanese Americans.

Martha Nakagawa, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho