Tomio Moriguchi Interview II Segment 1

The importance of community involvement (ddr-densho-1000-60-1) - 00:08:20
Influential individuals in life: Wing Luke, Reverend Andrews, and mother (ddr-densho-1000-60-2) - 00:08:21
Establishment of the Model City program, Interim, and International District Economic Association (ddr-densho-1000-60-3) - 00:08:32
The challenges of establishing community organizations (ddr-densho-1000-60-4) - 00:05:37
Observing changes in Seattle's International District (ddr-densho-1000-60-5) - 00:08:34
Building a successful community organization: compensating good leadership (ddr-densho-1000-60-6) - 00:03:52
Joining Seattle's Japanese American Citizens League, gaining an exposure to issues of social justice (ddr-densho-1000-60-7) - 00:07:18
Organizing the historical photo exhibit, "Pride & Shame," a consciousness-raising experience for all involved (ddr-densho-1000-60-8) - 00:06:20
Internal politics surrounding the early redress movement; speech-writing and lobbying the Republicans on behalf of redress (ddr-densho-1000-60-9) - 00:07:11
Reflecting on the success of the redress movement, "tanabata" (ddr-densho-1000-60-10) - 00:06:18
Seattle's successful fundraising efforts for the National Japanese American Memorial project (ddr-densho-1000-60-11) - 00:05:24
Unique character of Seattle's Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-60-12) - 00:04:39
From Social Concerns to Nikkei Concerns, the origins of its elder care mission (ddr-densho-1000-60-13) - 00:11:30
Developing the plan for Keiro Nursing Home: motivation, early planning, building support (ddr-densho-1000-60-14) - 00:12:18
Bringing business insight to Nikkei Concerns; a formula for success (ddr-densho-1000-60-15) - 00:06:19
Community involvement: reflecting on different organizational styles and strengths (ddr-densho-1000-60-16) - 00:05:08
Lasting legacy of incarceration: aversion to risk, lack of leaders and entrepreneurism in Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-60-17) - 00:10:07
Continuity of culture, reflecting on the future of Japanese American organizations (ddr-densho-1000-60-18) - 00:09:33
Promoting pride in Japanese American culture and heritage (ddr-densho-1000-60-19) - 00:07:23
Pride in being a racial minority (ddr-densho-1000-60-20) - 00:03:55
Attending a State dinner and sitting between President Clinton and Prime Minister Obuchi's wife (ddr-densho-1000-60-21) - 00:12:00
Maintaining a balance between politics, business, and family (ddr-densho-1000-60-22) - 00:08:34
"Go out and meet people and talk to them," the importance of social graciousness (ddr-densho-1000-60-23) - 00:08:15
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The importance of community involvement

00:08:20 — Segment 1 of 23

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December 9, 1999

Densho Visual History Collection


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Tomio Moriguchi

Tomio Moriguchi Interview II

02:55:28 — 23 segments

December 9, 1999

Seattle, Washington

Ni-ten-gosei (Nisei/Sansei) male. Born April 16, 1936, in Tacoma, Washington. During World War II, was incarcerated with his family at the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After the war, resettled in Seattle's Nihonmachi, where his father reestablished the family business, Uwajimaya, selling Japanese foodstuff and other items. Worked at Uwajimaya throughout his childhood -- along with his seven brothers and sisters -- prior to and while attending Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Garfield High School, and the University of Washington. Worked at the Boeing Company before leaving to help run Uwajimaya, becoming CEO and President of Uwajimaya in 1965. In addition, served and held leadership positions in more than 40 civic, social, and professional organizations, and has received numerous honors and awards from both the Nikkei community, and the non-Nikkei mainstream. At the time of this interview, Uwajimaya was the largest food-related Japanese American owned business in the Pacific Northwest, remaining largely a "family business."

Becky Fukuda, interviewer; Steve Hamada, videographer


Courtesy of Densho