Henry Miyatake Interview IV Segment 1

War Relocation Authority's efforts to encourage the hiring of Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-56-1) - 00:04:20
Leaving the military, a complicated discharge (ddr-densho-1000-56-2) - 00:07:34
Helping the son of a North Korean informant (ddr-densho-1000-56-3) - 00:10:10
Business opportunities in postwar Alaska (ddr-densho-1000-56-4) - 00:05:02
Overcoming lack of a high school diploma to enter the University of Washington (ddr-densho-1000-56-5) - 00:13:45
Summer job working with the University of Washington wind tunnel program (ddr-densho-1000-56-6) - 00:04:58
Receiving job offers from major American car companies (ddr-densho-1000-56-7) - 00:08:47
Interviewing for jobs with several major companies (ddr-densho-1000-56-8) - 00:06:10
Little involvement with Japanese Americans at the University of Washington (ddr-densho-1000-56-9) - 00:03:33
Getting a job with Convair, Co. (ddr-densho-1000-56-10) - 00:06:53
Challenging work with Convair (ddr-densho-1000-56-11) - 00:08:48
Making the decision to leave Convair (ddr-densho-1000-56-12) - 00:11:22
The highs and lows of starting own company: X-Onics (ddr-densho-1000-56-13) - 00:11:38
Returning to Seattle and going to work at the Boeing Company (ddr-densho-1000-56-14) - 00:12:43
Raising a family (ddr-densho-1000-56-15) - 00:08:32
Brother's death on the job at Boeing (ddr-densho-1000-56-16) - 00:13:26
Struggle for fair treatment on behalf of brother, losing security clearances (ddr-densho-1000-56-17) - 00:06:16
Meeting outspoken Japanese Americans at Boeing (ddr-densho-1000-56-18) - 00:07:58
The early origins of a commitment to redress for Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-56-19) - 00:07:59
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War Relocation Authority's efforts to encourage the hiring of Japanese Americans

00:04:20 — Segment 1 of 19

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September 23, 1999

Densho Visual History Collection


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Henry Miyatake

Henry Miyatake Interview IV

02:39:54 — 19 segments

September 23, 1999

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; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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