Elsie Uyematsu Osajima Segment 2

Parents' family backgrounds: father immigrated to the United States as a student (ddr-densho-1000-451-1) - 0:06:30
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-451-2) - 0:02:06
Attending Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-451-3) - 0:02:46
Parents' prewar store as a community gathering place (ddr-densho-1000-451-4) - 0:03:39
Forming a girl's club, the Purplettes (ddr-densho-1000-451-5) - 0:03:40
Coping with ethnic cliques in school before World War II (ddr-densho-1000-451-6) - 0:07:08
Seeing a teacher on the day of mass removal: "For me it was very humiliating" (ddr-densho-1000-451-7) - 0:04:22
Passing the time at the Tulare Assembly Center: organizing a carnival (ddr-densho-1000-451-8) - 0:05:21
Father's role as a leader in camp (ddr-densho-1000-451-9) - 0:05:04
Leaving camp to attend college in Nebraska, establishing a social life (ddr-densho-1000-451-10) - 0:07:11
Meeting future husband and getting married (ddr-densho-1000-451-11) - 0:03:48
Selling husband's family's nursery business after the war (ddr-densho-1000-451-12) - 0:09:06
Parents return home to find their home ransacked (ddr-densho-1000-451-13) - 0:04:05
Starting a family (ddr-densho-1000-451-14) - 0:07:56
Experiencing discrimination when building a house after the war (ddr-densho-1000-451-15) - 0:06:15
Getting a job at UCLA's Asian American Studies Center (ddr-densho-1000-451-16) - 0:11:09
The early days of UCLA's Asian American Studies Center (ddr-densho-1000-451-17) - 0:09:27
Reflections and changes over the years at UCLA's Asian American Studies Center (ddr-densho-1000-451-18) - 0:07:06
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Description of siblings

0:02:06 — Segment 2 of 18

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November 29, 2018

Densho Visual History Collection


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Elsie Uyematsu Osajima

Elsie Uyematsu Osajima Interview

0:00:00 — 18 segments

November 29, 2018

Los Angeles, California

Nisei female. Born July 25, 1925, in Pasadena, California. Grew up in Pasadena, where parents ran a small market. Removed to the Tulare Assembly Center, California, during World War II, then to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. Left camp to attend college in Nebraska, then married and returned to California. Worked for many years at UCLA's Asian American Studies Center.

Brian Niiya, interviewer; Karen Umemoto, interviewer; Yuka Murakami, videographer


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