June Yasuno Aochi (Yamashiro) Berk Segment 3

Description of family members: parents and older siblings (ddr-densho-1000-453-1) - 0:06:04
Father's work in prewar Los Angeles (ddr-densho-1000-453-2) - 0:06:21
Learning classical Japanese dance at a young age from a famous teacher from Japan (ddr-densho-1000-453-3) - 0:09:59
Father's work as a gardener and teacher of gidayu, a type of reciting used in Japanese puppet theater (ddr-densho-1000-453-4) - 0:05:08
Living conditions at the Santa Anita Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-453-5) - 0:04:01
Memories of Rohwer: restful time for parents, attending school (ddr-densho-1000-453-6) - 0:13:07
Leaving camp and moving to Denver with several families who owned businesses (ddr-densho-1000-453-7) - 0:03:15
The day of mass removal: using another family's address in order to leave with friends (ddr-densho-1000-453-8) - 0:02:40
Description of the Japanese American community in Denver right after the war (ddr-densho-1000-453-9) - 0:06:12
Adjusting to life after camp: being called "Japs" by kids at school (ddr-densho-1000-453-10) - 0:04:43
Working for Minoru Yasui while living in Denver (ddr-densho-1000-453-11) - 0:07:34
Deciding to return to California (ddr-densho-1000-453-12) - 0:06:55
Running for Nisei Week queen and doing some modeling (ddr-densho-1000-453-13) - 0:09:38
A memorable role in a Hollywood film with Jerry Lewis (ddr-densho-1000-453-14) - 0:04:50
Working at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church and meeting Ronald Reagan (ddr-densho-1000-453-15) - 0:05:51
Getting involved in the Los Angeles Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-453-16) - 0:14:09
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Learning classical Japanese dance at a young age from a famous teacher from Japan

0:09:59 — Segment 3 of 16

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December 18, 2018

Densho Visual History Collection


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June Yasuno Aochi (Yamashiro) Berk

June Yasuno Aochi (Yamashiro) Berk Interview

1:56:38 — 16 segments

December 18, 2018

Studio City, California

Nisei female. Born October 17, 1932, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, and was involved at an early age with traditional Japanese dancing and stage performance. During World War II, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. After leaving camp, family resettled in Denver, Colorado, for ten years before returning to California. After the war, pursued a career as a model and actor for a time, then got involved in numerous Japanese American community groups.

Brian Niiya, interviewer; Yuka Murakami, videographer


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