Mary Kato - Frances Kajita Nishi Interview Segment 9

Receiving an American name (ddr-densho-1000-494-1) - 0:02:06
Description of paternal grandfather (ddr-densho-1000-494-2) - 0:07:05
Parents' meeting and marriage (ddr-densho-1000-494-3) - 0:06:00
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-494-4) - 0:02:11
Memories of growing up in Mosier, Oregon, where parents worked on an orchard and farm (ddr-densho-1000-494-5) - 0:06:33
Childhood memories (ddr-densho-1000-494-6) - 0:02:25
Growing up around other Japanese American families (ddr-densho-1000-494-7) - 0:08:30
Daily life and activities as children (ddr-densho-1000-494-8) - 0:09:08
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, receiving help from neighbors (ddr-densho-1000-494-9) - 0:07:32
Memories of the train ride to the Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-494-10) - 0:04:17
First impressions of Pinedale, a graduation ceremony in camp (ddr-densho-1000-494-11) - 0:07:36
Living conditions at Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1000-494-12) - 0:06:05
Transferring to Topaz after the controversy around the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-494-13) - 0:05:25
Positive and negative memories of camp (ddr-densho-1000-494-14) - 0:07:07
Moving to Walla Walla, Washington, after leaving camp (ddr-densho-1000-494-15) - 0:03:47
Adjusting to life in Walla Walla after the war (ddr-densho-1000-494-16) - 0:03:47
Establishing lives in Walla Walla (ddr-densho-1000-494-17) - 0:07:15
Meeting future husbands and getting married (ddr-densho-1000-494-18) - 0:05:56
Traveling later in life (ddr-densho-1000-494-19) - 0:07:15
Moving to Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-494-20) - 0:03:41
Positive aspects of living in Walla Walla (ddr-densho-1000-494-21) - 0:04:14
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-494-22) - 0:04:37
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, receiving help from neighbors

0:07:32 — Segment 9 of 22

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Mary Kato
Frances Kajita Nishi

Mary Kato - Frances Kajita Nishi Interview

2:06:58 — 22 segments

March 17, 2022

Seattle, Washington

This interview is with two sisters, Mary Kato and Frances Kajita Nishi. Ten years apart in age, they grew up in Mosier, Washington, where their parents worked on an orchard and did truck farming. During World War II, the family was removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Following the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" in 1943, they transferred to the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, both sisters moved to Walla Walla, Washington, where they remained after the war.

Mary Kato was deaf at the time of the interview, and the interviewer's questions were displayed on a screen for her to read.

Barbara Yasui, interviewer; Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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