Paul Yamazaki Interview Segment 19

Parents' family backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-507-1) - 0:07:47
Mother's wartime experiences: sent to Manzanar, resettled in New York (ddr-densho-1000-507-2) - 0:03:05
Father's experiences as a medical student during the war (ddr-densho-1000-507-3) - 0:06:08
Parents' whirlwind courtship before father's enlistment in the military (ddr-densho-1000-507-4) - 0:06:13
Grandfather's involvement in a violent incident in camp (ddr-densho-1000-507-5) - 0:02:28
Father captured as a prisoner of war (ddr-densho-1000-507-6) - 0:03:03
Family moves to Japan for father's work with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ddr-densho-1000-507-7) - 0:09:07
Returning from Japan and living in Van Nuys, California (ddr-densho-1000-507-8) - 0:08:25
Growing up with numerous siblings and cousins (ddr-densho-1000-507-9) - 0:03:06
Japanese American community activities (ddr-densho-1000-507-10) - 0:07:16
Beginning to consider ethnic identity in junior high school (ddr-densho-1000-507-11) - 0:04:27
Joining the Boy Scouts (ddr-densho-1000-507-12) - 0:03:29
First being exposed to the music scene in Los Angeles (ddr-densho-1000-507-13) - 0:07:27
Moving to San Francisco (ddr-densho-1000-507-14) - 0:10:17
Getting involved in the Asian American movement at San Francisco State (ddr-densho-1000-507-15) - 0:07:54
Joining the Asian American Political Alliance (ddr-densho-1000-507-16) - 0:11:56
Being arrested during political protests (ddr-densho-1000-507-17) - 0:10:56
Meeting S.I. Hayakawa (ddr-densho-1000-507-18) - 0:07:03
Introduced to Francis Oka and the City Lights Bookstore (ddr-densho-1000-507-19) - 0:15:50
Meeting future wife (ddr-densho-1000-507-20) - 0:12:44
Wife's family background (ddr-densho-1000-507-21) - 0:06:18
Reflections on the Sansei generation (ddr-densho-1000-507-22) - 0:03:54
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Introduced to Francis Oka and the City Lights Bookstore

0:15:50 — Segment 19 of 22

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Paul Yamazaki

Paul Yamazaki Interview

2:52:57 — 22 segments


San Francisco, California

Sansei male. Born April 17, 1949, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shortly afterward, moved with parents to Hiroshima, Japan, where father worked with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. Returned from Japan and grew up in Los Angeles, California, where father was a physician. Moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State, joined the Asian American Political Alliance, and became involved in the Third World Liberation Front strikes. Began working for City Lights Booksellers and Publishers in 1970.

Patricia Wakida, interviewer; Brad Shirakawa, videographer


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