Floyd Shimomura Segment 17

Growing up on a ranch where family had worked before World War II (ddr-densho-1000-466-1) - 0:05:42
Grandfather's family background: working in the U.S. as a sharecropper (ddr-densho-1000-466-2) - 0:08:56
Grandparents' arranged marriage and running a boarding house (ddr-densho-1000-466-3) - 0:08:09
Grandparents' family history: finding Japanese address on a tombstone (ddr-densho-1000-466-4) - 0:07:51
Mother's family background, memories of maternal grandmother (ddr-densho-1000-466-5) - 0:05:50
Description of parents: meeting in camp (ddr-densho-1000-466-6) - 0:07:21
Family friends run the farm in Winters during the war (ddr-densho-1000-466-7) - 0:05:46
Parents' return to California after the war ended (ddr-densho-1000-466-8) - 0:04:29
Growing up in Winters, California: a fire on VJ Day (ddr-densho-1000-466-9) - 0:15:02
Finding an autobiography written while in the eighth grade (ddr-densho-1000-466-10) - 0:10:56
Studying in Japan during college years: a time of political unrest both in U.S. and Japan (ddr-densho-1000-466-11) - 0:06:24
Meeting family in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-466-12) - 0:11:25
Getting involved in the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-466-13) - 0:10:36
Moving up in the Japanese American Citizens League as the redress movement was starting (ddr-densho-1000-466-14) - 0:08:31
Involvement in discussions of early approaches to redress (ddr-densho-1000-466-15) - 0:12:35
The early days of redress and feelings about it within the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-466-16) - 0:05:53
Being part of the decision to go down the "commission road" during the redress movement (ddr-densho-1000-466-17) - 0:14:21
Becoming president of National Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-466-18) - 0:09:06
Involvement in the movement for compensation for Japanese American state workers terminated during World War II (ddr-densho-1000-466-19) - 0:04:51
An important meeting at the White House with President Ronald Reagan (ddr-densho-1000-466-20) - 0:11:06
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Being part of the decision to go down the "commission road" during the redress movement

0:14:21 — Segment 17 of 20

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March 11, 2019

Densho Visual History Collection


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Floyd Shimomura

Floyd Shimomura Interview

2:55:25 — 20 segments


Emeryville, California

Sansei male. Born March 13, 1948, in Winters, California. Grew up in the Winters area where parents worked on a farm they had run before World War II, when they were incarcerated at the Amache concentration camp, Colorado. Graduated from UC Davis School of Law, and worked in various capacities for the State of California. Elected National President of the Japanese American Citizens League in 1982, and was involved in the redress movement, helping to draft the redress resolution.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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