Douglas L. Aihara Interview Segment 18

Father's family background (ddr-densho-1000-522-1) - 0:07:37
Father's family's wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1000-522-2) - 0:02:42
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1000-522-3) - 0:02:53
Father's service in the U.S. Army (ddr-densho-1000-522-4) - 0:02:47
Father's insurance business in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo (ddr-densho-1000-522-5) - 0:07:05
Helping uncle with his gardening business (ddr-densho-1000-522-6) - 0:06:35
Spending time with uncle (ddr-densho-1000-522-7) - 0:04:20
Spending summers with paternal family members (ddr-densho-1000-522-8) - 0:06:10
Getting involved in music, joining the Koyasan church's Boy Scout troop (ddr-densho-1000-522-9) - 0:06:02
Participating in competitions with the drum and bugle corps (ddr-densho-1000-522-10) - 0:08:05
Moving to Montebello (ddr-densho-1000-522-11) - 0:05:24
Some awareness of social issues while growing up (ddr-densho-1000-522-12) - 0:03:43
Mother's participation in Japanese American community activities (ddr-densho-1000-522-13) - 0:05:56
Attending UCLA (ddr-densho-1000-522-14) - 0:11:26
Hearing about the formation of Gidra (ddr-densho-1000-522-15) - 0:07:31
Rotating editing responsibility for Gidra (ddr-densho-1000-522-16) - 0:10:05
Memorable friends at UCLA (ddr-densho-1000-522-17) - 0:04:33
Writing Gidra articles based on personal family life (ddr-densho-1000-522-18) - 0:06:36
Espousing the ideals of people putting aside their differences and working together (ddr-densho-1000-522-19) - 0:06:49
The decision to end Gidra (ddr-densho-1000-522-20) - 0:03:13
Taking over father's insurance business (ddr-densho-1000-522-21) - 0:08:30
Decision to sell insurance business (ddr-densho-1000-522-22) - 0:06:32
The differences between the Sansei and future generations (ddr-densho-1000-522-23) - 0:02:15
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-522-24) - 0:05:01
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Writing Gidra articles based on personal family life

0:06:36 — Segment 18 of 24

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Douglas L. Aihara

Douglas L. Aihara Interview

2:22:10 — 24 segments


Los Angeles, California

Sansei male. Born March 15, 1950, in Torrance, California. Grew up in the Los Angeles area, where father sold insurance. Active with Los Angeles' Koyasan Buddhist Temple's Boy Scout troop and performed with its drum and bugle corps. Attended UCLA and joined the staff of Gidra, an Asian American monthly newspaper-magazine started by a group of students. Eventually took over father's insurance business.

Brian Niiya, interviewer; Evan Kodani, videographer


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