Mary Okazaki Kozu Interview Segment 1

Family background (ddr-densho-1000-511-1) - 0:06:50
Father's immigration to the U.S. at age sixteen (ddr-densho-1000-511-2) - 0:03:01
Parents' arranged marriage and mother's arrival in the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-511-3) - 0:02:06
Description of father, community activities (ddr-densho-1000-511-4) - 0:05:07
Mother's prewar work running the family's boardinghouse (ddr-densho-1000-511-5) - 0:04:20
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-511-6) - 0:02:10
Memories of living in family's prewar boarding house (ddr-densho-1000-511-7) - 0:02:52
Accessing a Japanese bathtub through a window (ddr-densho-1000-511-8) - 0:01:58
Being the youngest of seven children (ddr-densho-1000-511-9) - 0:01:49
Remembering childhood days in Seattle's Japantown (ddr-densho-1000-511-10) - 0:02:40
Attending school, community events (ddr-densho-1000-511-11) - 0:03:47
Memories of the World's Fair in 1939 (ddr-densho-1000-511-12) - 0:04:23
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-511-13) - 0:06:06
Preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-511-14) - 0:05:54
First impressions of the Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-511-15) - 0:04:16
Sister's marriage in camp (ddr-densho-1000-511-16) - 0:05:36
Memories of daily life in camp (ddr-densho-1000-511-17) - 0:03:49
Leaving camp for Salt Lake City (ddr-densho-1000-511-18) - 0:04:38
Brother's military service (ddr-densho-1000-511-19) - 0:07:13
Returning to Seattle after the war (ddr-densho-1000-511-20) - 0:06:53
Attending college, meeting future husband and getting married (ddr-densho-1000-511-21) - 0:07:42
Older brother's military service (ddr-densho-1000-511-22) - 0:01:45
Raising a family (ddr-densho-1000-511-23) - 0:02:08
Traveling around the world (ddr-densho-1000-511-24) - 0:06:26
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-511-25) - 0:05:24
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Family background

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Mary Okazaki Kozu

Mary Okazaki Kozu Interview

1:51:44 — 25 segments

April 28, 2022

Seattle, Washington

Nisei female. Born June 14, 1931, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where parents ran a boarding house. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp in 1943 and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Returned with family to Seattle after the war, attended the University of Washington, and worked in various positions for the U.S. government.

Barbara Yasui, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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