Bob Santos Interview I Segment 10

Father's immigration story: jumping ship in California and becoming a well-known boxer (ddr-densho-1000-339-1) - 00:07:41
Father's career as a boxer on the West Coast (ddr-densho-1000-339-2) - 00:09:54
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1000-339-3) - 00:05:19
Parents' early years in Seattle's International District community (ddr-densho-1000-339-4) - 00:06:04
Losing mother at an early age, siblings raised by other family members (ddr-densho-1000-339-5) - 00:09:13
Growing up in Seattle's Central District (ddr-densho-1000-339-6) - 00:02:56
Growing up amongst Japanese American peers (ddr-densho-1000-339-7) - 00:09:50
Memories of community after the Japanese Americans had been removed to camp (ddr-densho-1000-339-8) - 00:10:54
The changed atmosphere in school after the Japanese Americans had been removed (ddr-densho-1000-339-9) - 00:06:43
Changes in Seattle's Japantown community during the war: "you had a partial ghost town" (ddr-densho-1000-339-10) - 00:06:08
Gambling in the International District during World War II (ddr-densho-1000-339-11) - 00:09:15
Military takes over hotels in Seattle's International District during the war (ddr-densho-1000-339-12) - 00:04:30
Memories of Japanese Americans' return to the community: mostly welcoming, some discrimination (ddr-densho-1000-339-13) - 00:07:52
The reopening of some Japanese American businesses after the war (ddr-densho-1000-339-14) - 00:05:33
The establishment of the International Improvement organization (ddr-densho-1000-339-15) - 00:07:49
Attending junior high school (ddr-densho-1000-339-16) - 00:06:37
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Changes in Seattle's Japantown community during the war: "you had a partial ghost town"

00:06:08 — Segment 10 of 16

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June 2, 2011

Densho Visual History Collection


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Bob Santos

Bob Santos Interview I

01:56:18 — 16 segments

June 2, 2011

Seattle, Washington

Male of Filipino and Native American descent. Born 1934 in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the Chinatown/International District area of Seattle. In the 1950s, became involved in civil rights activist causes. Served as Executive Director of the International District Improvement Association (InterIm) from 1972 to 1989. In 1982, founded the Minority Executive Director's Coalition along with other members of the "Gang of Four": Bernie Whitebear, Larry Gossett, and Roberto Maestas. Oversaw the Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation Authority from 1989 to 1993, and served as Regional Director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1994 to 2001. Returned as Executive Director of InterIm until retirement in 2005.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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