Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 12

"Evacuation day": trying to bring in more belongings and supplies (ddr-densho-1000-54-1) - 00:04:01
Self-policing by Japanese Americans in camp (ddr-densho-1000-54-2) - 00:04:30
Working on an electrical crew in Puyallup (ddr-densho-1000-54-3) - 00:02:58
First impressions of Minidoka, an unfinished camp (ddr-densho-1000-54-4) - 00:03:07
Barracks assignment in Minidoka (ddr-densho-1000-54-5) - 00:01:45
Description of school in camp (ddr-densho-1000-54-6) - 00:04:08
Remembering an inspiring teacher in camp (ddr-densho-1000-54-7) - 00:03:07
Gordon Hirabayashi speaks to class in Minidoka (ddr-densho-1000-54-8) - 00:02:07
Trying to start a collection for Gordon Hirabayashi, encountering resistance (ddr-densho-1000-54-9) - 00:04:25
Gordon Hirabayashi's presentation to class (ddr-densho-1000-54-10) - 00:04:20
Visit in camp by the Un-American Activities Committee (ddr-densho-1000-54-11) - 00:05:52
Getting news of the outside world in camp (ddr-densho-1000-54-12) - 00:02:15
Researching outside opinions of camp (ddr-densho-1000-54-13) - 00:02:21
Schooling in Minidoka, barred from speaking Japanese (ddr-densho-1000-54-14) - 00:04:43
Civic lessons in camp, struggling with school rules and regulations (ddr-densho-1000-54-15) - 00:05:04
"American Democracy and What It Means to Me": a term paper and an act of civil disobedience (ddr-densho-1000-54-16) - 00:06:00
Expelled from school as a result of school term paper (ddr-densho-1000-54-17) - 00:06:39
Aftermath of school term paper situation, reaction from others (ddr-densho-1000-54-18) - 00:08:16
Education in camp setting: "Future was pretty bleak..." (ddr-densho-1000-54-19) - 00:02:29
Postwar employment, cutting lawns (ddr-densho-1000-54-20) - 00:03:05
Returning home, assistance of War Relocation Authority (ddr-densho-1000-54-21) - 00:02:54
Returning to Seattle: "I was glad to be out" (ddr-densho-1000-54-22) - 00:02:24
Getting into a car accident after returning home (ddr-densho-1000-54-23) - 00:02:56
Brother's military service with the Counterintelligence Corps (ddr-densho-1000-54-24) - 00:04:04
Pursuing a career in communications (ddr-densho-1000-54-25) - 00:03:27
Trying to be more "American" after the war (ddr-densho-1000-54-26) - 00:04:30
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Getting news of the outside world in camp

00:02:15 — Segment 12 of 26

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May 4, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Henry Miyatake

Henry Miyatake Interview II

01:41:27 — 26 segments

May 4, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born April 28, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, "independent thinker," and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the United States' treatment of racial minorities. His teacher refused to accept his paper, resulting in a failed grade and preventing him from graduating. Postwar, served in the U.S. Counterintelligence Corps, where he was privy to classified documents detailing the placement of spies in the incarceration camps. After leaving the military, he worked at the Boeing Company, where he fought against discriminatory workplace practices. He was also one of the earliest proponents of redress, doing the research, planning, and organizing for the "Seattle plan," the first highly developed plan for obtaining redress from the U.S. government for the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


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