Florence Ohmura Dobashi Interview Segment 1

Father's family background (ddr-densho-1000-434-1) - 00:06:41
Father's early life in the U.S.: having a son in Japan he didn't know (ddr-densho-1000-434-2) - 00:03:52
Father's involvement with a Christian church in Los Angeles (ddr-densho-1000-434-3) - 00:04:56
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1000-434-4) - 00:04:24
Description of siblings, life in Chula Vista, California (ddr-densho-1000-434-5) - 00:06:33
Excelling in school in Riverside, California (ddr-densho-1000-434-6) - 00:05:30
Learning to play the piano for father's church services (ddr-densho-1000-434-7) - 00:07:13
Younger sister's adoption to another family (ddr-densho-1000-434-8) - 00:06:30
Visiting Los Angeles (ddr-densho-1000-434-9) - 00:02:54
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while parents were away (ddr-densho-1000-434-10) - 00:05:40
Father encouraged to destroy Japanese Association records after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-434-11) - 00:05:04
FBI's raid on the family's home (ddr-densho-1000-434-12) - 00:12:43
Preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-434-13) - 00:02:50
The day of mass removal: driven to pick up location by a family friend (ddr-densho-1000-434-14) - 00:03:46
Rough living conditions in camp: no heat the first winter (ddr-densho-1000-434-15) - 00:05:29
Coping with difficult conditions in camp: weather, food (ddr-densho-1000-434-16) - 00:04:39
Attending school in camp (ddr-densho-1000-434-17) - 00:04:52
Reuniting with father in camp (ddr-densho-1000-434-18) - 00:02:38
Leaving camp to finish high school in Ohio (ddr-densho-1000-434-19) - 00:06:13
Barred from speaking as the salutatorian at high school graduation (ddr-densho-1000-434-20) - 00:06:17
Returning to California and attending Berkeley and UCLA (ddr-densho-1000-434-21) - 00:08:20
Working for Ernest Besig at the ACLU of Northern California (ddr-densho-1000-434-22) - 00:08:06
Getting a job with Wayne Collins while he handled the Japanese American renunciation cases (ddr-densho-1000-434-23) - 00:10:24
Writing about life experiences (ddr-densho-1000-434-24) - 00:03:00
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Father's family background

00:06:41 — Segment 1 of 24

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January 16, 2016

Densho Visual History Collection


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Florence Ohmura Dobashi

Florence Ohmura Dobashi Interview

02:18:34 — 24 segments

January 16, 2016

San Francisco, California

Nisei female. Born October 1927 in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in several cities in California where father was a minister, but was living in Riverside, California, when World War II broke out. During the war, removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Left camp to finish high school in Ohio, then attended UC Berkeley and UCLA. After the war, worked for attorney Wayne Collins while he fought on behalf of Japanese Americans who renounced their U.S. citizenship in the camps.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho