Mako Nakagawa Segment 1

Father's background: eking out a living in an Alaskan cannery (ddr-densho-1000-66-1) - 00:03:14
Mother's immigration story: born in Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-66-2) - 00:03:19
Parents' meeting and marriage (ddr-densho-1000-66-3) - 00:03:45
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-66-4) - 00:00:56
Prewar family life; work, gambling, and bootlegging (ddr-densho-1000-66-5) - 00:04:12
FBI search of family home, men running their hands through the rice (ddr-densho-1000-66-6) - 00:02:41
A child's memories of the FBI pick-up and detention of father (ddr-densho-1000-66-7) - 00:05:32
Mother's strength in father's absence during preparation for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-66-8) - 00:05:13
Difficult conditions in Minidoka: cold and mud (ddr-densho-1000-66-9) - 00:01:28
A few happy memories of camp as a child (ddr-densho-1000-66-10) - 00:02:34
Memories of Minidoka: an ill mother, and a sister saddled with new responsibilities (ddr-densho-1000-66-11) - 00:02:39
Feeling disappointment at reunion with father at Crystal City (ddr-densho-1000-66-12) - 00:06:36
Life in Crystal City: a healthy improvement over Minidoka concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-66-13) - 00:02:45
A seven-year-old's understanding of being incarcerated (ddr-densho-1000-66-14) - 00:03:10
Parents' respect for the United States and loyalty to Japan (ddr-densho-1000-66-15) - 00:02:03
Saying the Pledge of Allegiance in camp (ddr-densho-1000-66-16) - 00:03:04
Father's feelings of being torn between two countries (ddr-densho-1000-66-17) - 00:04:21
Meeting German nationals and Japnese Latin Americans at Crystal City (ddr-densho-1000-66-18) - 00:04:41
Parental discussions and anxiety surrounding where to go after leaving camp (ddr-densho-1000-66-19) - 00:02:55
Returning to Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-66-20) - 00:01:41
Parents' struggles to reestablish their lives and find work (ddr-densho-1000-66-21) - 00:05:50
Sending money and gifts back to war-torn Japan (ddr-densho-1000-66-22) - 00:02:29
Issues of racism and identity, learning a meaningful poem in school (ddr-densho-1000-66-23) - 00:03:18
Awareness of racism and ethnic identity after the war (ddr-densho-1000-66-24) - 00:03:39
Turning anger into a philosophy of love (ddr-densho-1000-66-25) - 00:04:25
Learning from wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1000-66-26) - 00:02:25
Finishing college and beginning a career in education (ddr-densho-1000-66-27) - 00:07:34
Getting involved in the redress movement and testifying for father at commission hearings (ddr-densho-1000-66-28) - 00:07:10
Speaking with one of the Commissioners (ddr-densho-1000-66-29) - 00:01:48
Description of population in Crystal City internment camp, an "international camp" (ddr-densho-1000-66-30) - 00:03:43
Learning about the wartime experience of the Seattle School District clerks (ddr-densho-1000-66-31) - 00:05:29
Involvement in the fight for redress for the Seattle School District clerks (ddr-densho-1000-66-32) - 00:04:45
Winning redress for the Seattle School District clerks (ddr-densho-1000-66-33) - 00:07:28
Genesis of multicultural education, from origami lessons to discussions on racism (ddr-densho-1000-66-34) - 00:05:54
Developing the Multicultural Heritage Program, "Rainbow," and bringing it into the Seattle Public Schools (ddr-densho-1000-66-35) - 00:03:37
The importance of diversity programs in education (ddr-densho-1000-66-36) - 00:03:51
Reflections on the incarceration: learning from injustice and oppression (ddr-densho-1000-66-37) - 00:04:07
Words of wisdom: serve humanity (ddr-densho-1000-66-38) - 00:02:39
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Father's background: eking out a living in an Alaskan cannery

00:03:14 — Segment 1 of 38

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May 27, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Mako Nakagawa

Mako Nakagawa Interview

02:27:00 — 38 segments

May 27, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Nisei female. Born February 1, 1937, in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in Seattle. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington; Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho; and Crystal City internment camp, Texas. In the postwar years, became a teacher, principal, and multicultural specialist for Washington State's Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction. Developed and directed the Japanese American Cultural Heritage Program and the Rainbow Program, one of the first multiethnic educational programs in the country.

Lori Hoshino, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho