Frank Kitamoto Segment 37

Early history of Japanese American community on Bainbridge Island, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-35-1) - 00:03:39
Father's immigration story; mother a Nisei (ddr-densho-1000-35-2) - 00:03:38
Parents' early work: running a farm (ddr-densho-1000-35-3) - 00:03:16
Mother sent to Japan as first-born child (ddr-densho-1000-35-4) - 00:04:24
Description of siblings; family's farm (ddr-densho-1000-35-5) - 00:04:08
Father's arrest by FBI: speculating on possible reasons (ddr-densho-1000-35-6) - 00:02:45
Mother's difficulties taking care of family after father was taken by FBI (ddr-densho-1000-35-7) - 00:02:37
Thoughts on why Bainbridge Island Japanese community was removed so early (ddr-densho-1000-35-8) - 00:02:19
A child's memories of "evacuation day" (ddr-densho-1000-35-9) - 00:04:03
Hearing stories of people's experiences: a pet dog left behind (ddr-densho-1000-35-10) - 00:05:28
Memories of the trip to Manzanar concentration camp, California (ddr-densho-1000-35-11) - 00:01:20
Family's struggle over the so-called "loyalty questions": "I'd rather hang myself than go to Japan" (ddr-densho-1000-35-12) - 00:03:21
Many years later, deciding to establish a community history project (ddr-densho-1000-35-13) - 00:04:02
The difficulty of talking about the impact of incarceration (ddr-densho-1000-35-14) - 00:03:48
Stories of different responses and reactions to the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-35-15) - 00:04:03
Childhood memories of Manzanar concentration camp: waking up covered in sand (ddr-densho-1000-35-16) - 00:02:11
Transferring to Minidoka concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-35-17) - 00:02:18
Childhood activities in camp: a network of tunnels in which to play (ddr-densho-1000-35-18) - 00:02:39
Remembering childhood activities in camp (ddr-densho-1000-35-19) - 00:01:30
Father's decision to resettle in Chicago (ddr-densho-1000-35-20) - 00:02:23
Filming of movie Snow Falling on Cedars, using extras from Bainbridge Island community (ddr-densho-1000-35-21) - 00:02:22
Impact of incarceration experience on children and teenagers (ddr-densho-1000-35-22) - 00:03:13
Reception of Bainbridge Island, Washington, community to returning Japanese after the war (ddr-densho-1000-35-23) - 00:05:19
Decision to return to West Coast after World War II (ddr-densho-1000-35-24) - 00:03:26
Mother's efforts to reestablish the family farm after the war (ddr-densho-1000-35-25) - 00:03:39
Attending elementary school back home after having completed kindergarten in camp (ddr-densho-1000-35-26) - 00:01:32
Using American names after the war (ddr-densho-1000-35-27) - 00:01:05
Language difficulties in school upon returning from camp (ddr-densho-1000-35-28) - 00:02:08
Postwar adjustment: "I kind of felt like, that I really wasn't American" (ddr-densho-1000-35-29) - 00:04:50
Feeling uncomfortable with Japanese American ethnicity (ddr-densho-1000-35-30) - 00:03:52
An influential mentor in college (ddr-densho-1000-35-31) - 00:04:20
Choosing a career as a dentist (ddr-densho-1000-35-32) - 00:02:35
Raising a family postwar (ddr-densho-1000-35-33) - 00:01:20
Giving a presentation in son's college class about incarceration experience (ddr-densho-1000-35-34) - 00:03:20
Becoming involved in Bainbridge Island's Japanese American community history (ddr-densho-1000-35-35) - 00:03:45
Beginning an oral history project to teach others about the incarceration experience (ddr-densho-1000-35-36) - 00:05:31
Activities of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) (ddr-densho-1000-35-37) - 00:04:09
Bainbridge Island Japanese American community picnics and reunions (ddr-densho-1000-35-38) - 00:00:53
Thoughts on present-day Bainbridge Island; the importance of multicultural education (ddr-densho-1000-35-39) - 00:05:06
Speaking to student groups (ddr-densho-1000-35-40) - 00:01:39
The psychological impact of incarceration (ddr-densho-1000-35-41) - 00:02:39
Thoughts on redress (ddr-densho-1000-35-42) - 00:03:48
Coming to terms with Japanese American identity (ddr-densho-1000-35-43) - 00:02:44
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Activities of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC)

00:04:09 — Segment 37 of 43

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April 13, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Frank Kitamoto

Frank Kitamoto Interview

02:17:07 — 43 segments

April 13, 1998

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Sansei male. Born May 28, 1939, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Incarcerated with parents at Manzanar concentration camp, California, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Returned to Bainbridge Island after end of World War II. President of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC), a community organization dedicated to the preservation of Japanese American history on Bainbridge Island.

Lori Hoshino, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho