Lon Inaba Interview Segment 17

Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-537-1) - 0:02:16
Description of grandfather, Shukichi Inaba (ddr-densho-1000-537-2) - 0:05:28
Paternal family's immigration to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-537-3) - 0:04:30
Great grandfather's candy store and hotel (ddr-densho-1000-537-4) - 0:07:17
Grandparents' early farming on the Yakama Reservation (ddr-densho-1000-537-5) - 0:04:52
The impact of the alien land laws on grandparents' farm (ddr-densho-1000-537-6) - 0:07:16
Challenges of early sharecropping farms (ddr-densho-1000-537-7) - 0:05:08
Grandparents' relationships with the Native Americans, leasing land (ddr-densho-1000-537-8) - 0:04:43
Hearing about a visit from the Ku Klux Klan (ddr-densho-1000-537-9) - 0:04:25
Still growing crops up until the mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-537-10) - 0:02:36
Father's questioning of the exclusion orders (ddr-densho-1000-537-11) - 0:01:54
Family's preparation for exclusion: seven days to sell or dispose of belongings (ddr-densho-1000-537-12) - 0:05:53
Father and uncle's short term leave from camp to work on local farms (ddr-densho-1000-537-13) - 0:03:23
Family's return to the Yakima valley: mixed reception (ddr-densho-1000-537-14) - 0:07:07
Family members' activities in the immediate postwar (ddr-densho-1000-537-15) - 0:02:50
Parents meet and start a family (ddr-densho-1000-537-16) - 0:06:32
Restarting the family farm after the war (ddr-densho-1000-537-17) - 0:05:24
Growing up among non-Japanese American friends (ddr-densho-1000-537-18) - 0:05:46
Building up the farm (ddr-densho-1000-537-19) - 0:03:38
Attending college and studying agricultural engineering (ddr-densho-1000-537-20) - 0:06:09
Returning with brother to the family farm to help father (ddr-densho-1000-537-21) - 0:10:41
Using engineering background to improve the farm (ddr-densho-1000-537-22) - 0:04:57
The success of the farm over the years (ddr-densho-1000-537-23) - 0:03:41
Making the decision to sell the farm to the Yakama Nation (ddr-densho-1000-537-24) - 0:08:49
Positive response to the sale of the farm (ddr-densho-1000-537-25) - 0:03:38
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-537-26) - 0:06:06
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Restarting the family farm after the war

0:05:24 — Segment 17 of 26

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May 27, 2023

Densho Visual History Collection


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Lon Inaba

Lon Inaba Interview

2:17:27 — 26 segments

May 27, 2023

Wapato, Washington

Sansei male. Born September 15, 1955, in Yakima, Washington. Grew up in the Yakima area, where several generations of family members had run a farm since before World War II. Prior to the war, since Japanese immigrants were barred from purchasing land, Lon's grandfather and great-grandfather had leased land from the Yakama Indian tribe. After they were sent to the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, during the war, they returned and continued farming, again with the support of the Yakama Nation. Lon earned a degree in agricultural engineering, and after working for a time on the Hanford nuclear reservation, returned to take over the farm with family members. In 2021, the family made the decision to sell Inaba Produce Farms to the Yakama Nation.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Yuka Murakami, videographer


Courtesy of Densho