Roy M. Hirabayashi Interview Segment 1

Celebrating birthday on New Year's Day (ddr-densho-1000-313-1) - 00:09:41
Approaching sixty years old: a significant milestone (ddr-densho-1000-313-2) - 00:04:19
Father's family background (ddr-densho-1000-313-3) - 00:06:07
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1000-313-4) - 00:03:13
Parents' Kibei backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-313-5) - 00:07:37
Growing up with Kibei parents, dealing with Japanese American identity (ddr-densho-1000-313-6) - 00:04:25
Memories of childhood in the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-313-7) - 00:05:47
Childhood memories (ddr-densho-1000-313-8) - 00:05:00
Helping with father's gardening business (ddr-densho-1000-313-9) - 00:05:51
Beginning to play the trombone in elementary school (ddr-densho-1000-313-10) - 00:03:18
Observing an ethnic shift in neighborhood (ddr-densho-1000-313-11) - 00:06:24
Attending an all-white school (ddr-densho-1000-313-12) - 00:04:34
Exposure to music from an early age (ddr-densho-1000-313-13) - 00:06:31
Attending high school during a time of mandatory bussing and integration (ddr-densho-1000-313-14) - 00:05:51
Going to school during the Civil Rights Movement (ddr-densho-1000-313-15) - 00:05:13
Considering pursing music as a career (ddr-densho-1000-313-16) - 00:04:27
Enrolling in Cal State Hayward (ddr-densho-1000-313-17) - 00:03:28
Getting involved with music in college (ddr-densho-1000-313-18) - 00:05:26
Beginning involvement with Asian American activist groups (ddr-densho-1000-313-19) - 00:09:12
(ddr-densho-1000-313-20) - 00:03:50
Beginning to organize in the San Jose Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-313-21) - 00:06:36
Working for a Buddhist church youth program (ddr-densho-1000-313-22) - 00:04:00
The beginnings of San Jose Taiko (ddr-densho-1000-313-23) - 00:05:02
Studying taiko in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-313-24) - 00:09:39
Influence of Japanese experience on taiko (ddr-densho-1000-313-25) - 00:09:36
Description of San Jose Taiko as an organization (ddr-densho-1000-313-26) - 00:08:16
Thoughts on the evolution of San Jose Taiko (ddr-densho-1000-313-27) - 00:06:13
The future of San Jose Taiko (ddr-densho-1000-313-28) - 00:03:14
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Celebrating birthday on New Year's Day

00:09:41 — Segment 1 of 28

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January 26, 2011

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Roy M. Hirabayashi

Roy M. Hirabayashi Interview

02:42:50 — 28 segments

January 26, 2011

San Jose, California

Sansei male. Born January 1, 1951, in Berkeley, California. Grew up in Oakland, and got involved with music at an early age. Attended Cal State Hayward and San Jose State during the Civil Rights Movement. Got involved with civil rights and Asian American issues. Along with wife, PJ Hirabayashi, founded the prominent group San Jose Taiko.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Tom Izu, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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