Alan Nishio Segment 7

Parents' family backgrounds: both Kibei (ddr-densho-1000-450-1) - 0:06:25
Distant relationship with father while helping with gardening route (ddr-densho-1000-450-2) - 0:11:37
Elementary school years: growing up with ethnically diverse friends (ddr-densho-1000-450-3) - 0:06:47
Turning over a new leaf in high school (ddr-densho-1000-450-4) - 0:08:23
Attending Japanese language school, church (ddr-densho-1000-450-5) - 0:05:13
Becoming aware of ethnic identity, class differences (ddr-densho-1000-450-6) - 0:03:00
Hearing about "camp" but not understanding what it was until doing research in college (ddr-densho-1000-450-7) - 0:05:26
Deciding to transfer from UCLA to UC Berkeley (ddr-densho-1000-450-8) - 0:03:14
Becoming interested in political and social activism (ddr-densho-1000-450-9) - 0:04:41
Entering graduate studies while increasing political activism (ddr-densho-1000-450-10) - 0:10:10
Getting involved with the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-450-11) - 0:11:59
Taking a faculty position at California State University, Long Beach (ddr-densho-1000-450-12) - 0:11:49
Leaving Long Beach to set up a charter school in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo (ddr-densho-1000-450-13) - 0:07:36
Moving to Gardena (ddr-densho-1000-450-14) - 0:03:52
Organizing several community organizations at the roots of the redress movement (ddr-densho-1000-450-15) - 0:10:20
Getting involved with the redress movement early on (ddr-densho-1000-450-16) - 0:04:54
Testifying at the hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians: "It was powerful" (ddr-densho-1000-450-17) - 0:14:44
Returning to academia and getting involved with the College Board (ddr-densho-1000-450-18) - 0:10:43
Work with the Little Tokyo Service Center (ddr-densho-1000-450-19) - 0:07:44
Looking back on the World War II experience (ddr-densho-1000-450-20) - 0:04:33
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Hearing about "camp" but not understanding what it was until doing research in college

0:05:26 — Segment 7 of 20

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November 12, 2018

Densho Visual History Collection


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Alan Nishio

Alan Nishio Interview

2:41:07 — 20 segments

November 12, 2018

Gardena, California

Sansei male. Born August 9, 1945, at the Manzanar concentration camp, California, where his parents were incarcerated during World War II. Grew up in the Venice area of California, and became increasingly politically active while attending the University of California, Berkeley, during the Free Speech Movement during the late 1960s. Earned a master's degree at the University of Southern California, then helped to found the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Became an administrator at California State University, Long Beach, eventually advancing to the position of Associate Vice President, Student Services. Became a community activist in Los Angeles and helped to form several important community organizations such as the Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization and the Little Tokyo Service Center.

Brian Niiya, interviewer; Evan Kodani, videographer


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