Ruth Y. Okimoto Interview Segment 19

Father's family background (ddr-densho-1000-331-1) - 00:04:46
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1000-331-2) - 00:08:09
Parents' early years in the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-331-3) - 00:06:01
Description of father (ddr-densho-1000-331-4) - 00:11:16
Description of mother (ddr-densho-1000-331-5) - 00:16:47
Growing up in San Diego, California, where father was a minister (ddr-densho-1000-331-6) - 00:05:42
Age six when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-331-7) - 00:06:00
Description of San Diego community (ddr-densho-1000-331-8) - 00:04:30
A child's memories of Santa Anita (ddr-densho-1000-331-9) - 00:03:12
A difficult transfer to Poston with newborn baby brother (ddr-densho-1000-331-10) - 00:05:28
Suddenly surrounded by other Japanese American children (ddr-densho-1000-331-11) - 00:06:04
The so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-331-12) - 00:01:37
Exposure to the local wildlife in Poston (ddr-densho-1000-331-13) - 00:03:56
Relationship of local Native Americans with Poston (ddr-densho-1000-331-14) - 00:08:10
Native Americans' perceptions of the Japanese Americans in Poston (ddr-densho-1000-331-15) - 00:06:24
Father's attempts to cope with wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1000-331-16) - 00:04:03
Returning to San Diego, father's new job as a gardener (ddr-densho-1000-331-17) - 00:08:15
Facing discrimination after the war (ddr-densho-1000-331-18) - 00:06:32
The family moves to San Lorenzo, California (ddr-densho-1000-331-19) - 00:07:06
Postwar work to reconnect with the Native Americans on the Colorado River reservation (ddr-densho-1000-331-20) - 00:07:21
The "Poston Story" (ddr-densho-1000-331-21) - 00:07:02
Becoming an artist (ddr-densho-1000-331-22) - 00:12:06
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The family moves to San Lorenzo, California

00:07:06 — Segment 19 of 22

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April 8, 2011

Densho Visual History Collection


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Ruth Y. Okimoto

Ruth Y. Okimoto Interview

02:30:27 — 22 segments

April 8, 2011

San Francisco, California

Nisei female. Born April 15, 1936, in Tokyo, Japan. Brought to the United States with parents at the age of one, and grew up in San Diego, California, where father was a minister. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After the war, forged connections with the Colorado River Indian Tribes and studied their historical relationship with the Poston concentration camp.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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