Sam Mihara Interview Segment 5

Parents' family backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-516-1) - 0:07:08
Growing up in San Francisco's Japantown (ddr-densho-1000-516-2) - 0:04:35
Father's medical condition exacerbated by lack of access to his specialist (ddr-densho-1000-516-3) - 0:03:23
Refusing to attend Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-516-4) - 0:04:01
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-516-5) - 0:05:44
Preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-516-6) - 0:05:04
First arriving at the Pomona Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-516-7) - 0:06:43
First impressions of Heart Mountain: windy and cold (ddr-densho-1000-516-8) - 0:03:16
Attending school in camp: lack of qualified teachers (ddr-densho-1000-516-9) - 0:03:27
Passing the time in camp as a child (ddr-densho-1000-516-10) - 0:06:02
Father's camp hobbies: creating a dictionary, writing autobiography (ddr-densho-1000-516-11) - 0:03:45
Seeing father's answers on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-516-12) - 0:02:20
Grandfather's illness and passing in camp (ddr-densho-1000-516-13) - 0:07:17
Family's decision to go to Salt Lake City after leaving camp (ddr-densho-1000-516-14) - 0:04:27
Experiencing harassment in Salt Lake City (ddr-densho-1000-516-15) - 0:04:01
Returning home where father helped other Japanese Americans with citizenship and housing (ddr-densho-1000-516-16) - 0:05:06
Attending UC Berkeley (ddr-densho-1000-516-17) - 0:04:58
Working in the aerospace industry (ddr-densho-1000-516-18) - 0:02:17
Working for Boeing, meeting politicians (ddr-densho-1000-516-19) - 0:05:16
Moving to Huntington Beach to work in the space program (ddr-densho-1000-516-20) - 0:03:23
Raising a family in Orange County (ddr-densho-1000-516-21) - 0:04:20
Speaking to groups about wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1000-516-22) - 0:06:46
Memorable talks: positive and negative (ddr-densho-1000-516-23) - 0:07:07
Receiving awards for speaking work (ddr-densho-1000-516-24) - 0:03:20
Work with the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (ddr-densho-1000-516-25) - 0:05:36
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor

0:05:44 — Segment 5 of 25

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Sam Mihara

Sam Mihara Interview

2:00:55 — 25 segments

October 7, 2022

Los Angeles, California

Nisei male. Born February 1, 1933, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco's Japantown, where father edited a bilingual newspaper. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. After leaving camp, lived for a time in Salt Lake City, Utah, before returning home to San Francisco. Graduated from UC Berkeley and worked for Boeing. In retirement, traveled all over the U.S. and internationally speaking about World War II experiences.

Brian Niiya, interviewer; Yuka Murakami, videographer


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