George Fugami Segment 15

Father's life in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-7-1) - 00:02:38
Father's samurai background (ddr-densho-1000-7-2) - 00:02:16
Description of family tree (ddr-densho-1000-7-3) - 00:02:00
A long-standing family history (ddr-densho-1000-7-4) - 00:02:08
Father's immigration story (ddr-densho-1000-7-5) - 00:03:21
Parents' early work in the United States (ddr-densho-1000-7-6) - 00:02:51
Moving to Portland, Oregon (ddr-densho-1000-7-7) - 00:01:02
Returning to Japan, a daughter's promise fulfilled and grandson's dismay (ddr-densho-1000-7-8) - 00:01:30
Impressions of Japan (ddr-densho-1000-7-9) - 00:01:02
Attending school in Japan: treated as a foreigner (ddr-densho-1000-7-10) - 00:03:03
Receiving military training in Japanese schools (ddr-densho-1000-7-11) - 00:01:42
Instilled with allegiance to the emperor of Japan (ddr-densho-1000-7-12) - 00:02:36
Learning about the hierarchical structure of Japanese society (ddr-densho-1000-7-13) - 00:01:23
Receiving math and science education in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-7-14) - 00:01:29
Participating in sports (ddr-densho-1000-7-15) - 00:01:48
Encouraged by school principal to return to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-7-16) - 00:02:24
Making the decision to leave Japan (ddr-densho-1000-7-17) - 00:03:18
Rejoining family in the United States (ddr-densho-1000-7-18) - 00:01:19
Deciding to return to the United States: no desire to be drafted into the Japanese army (ddr-densho-1000-7-19) - 00:02:13
Getting reaccustomed to America after living in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-7-20) - 00:01:48
Attending school upon returning to the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-7-21) - 00:01:36
Memories of living with grandmother in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-7-22) - 00:00:49
Job discrimination in prewar Portland, Oregon (ddr-densho-1000-7-23) - 00:03:17
Suspicions of being "fingered" for saying Japan would win a war (ddr-densho-1000-7-24) - 00:01:34
Hearing stories of Japan's preparation for war (ddr-densho-1000-7-25) - 00:03:04
Supportive friends after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-7-26) - 00:02:21
Preparing to be "evacuated" (ddr-densho-1000-7-27) - 00:01:20
A hurried wedding ceremony (ddr-densho-1000-7-28) - 00:02:48
Being questioned by the FBI (ddr-densho-1000-7-29) - 00:03:45
Reacting to "Japs not allowed" (ddr-densho-1000-7-30) - 00:02:35
Considering "voluntary evacuation" inland (ddr-densho-1000-7-31) - 00:01:56
Daily life in an assembly center (ddr-densho-1000-7-32) - 00:01:24
Feeling angry at the government while in camp (ddr-densho-1000-7-33) - 00:02:40
Feelings about those who answered "no" to the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-7-34) - 00:01:29
Brothers' wartime activities (ddr-densho-1000-7-35) - 00:00:55
The conflict of the "loyalty questionnaire": being a good American and a good Japanese (ddr-densho-1000-7-36) - 00:02:12
Thoughts on fellow Kibei (ddr-densho-1000-7-37) - 00:00:56
Understanding how some of the other Kibei felt about the so-called "loyalty questions" (ddr-densho-1000-7-38) - 00:03:28
Leaving camp for Spokane, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-7-39) - 00:00:56
Parents' experiences in camp (ddr-densho-1000-7-40) - 00:01:32
Hearing about the end of World War II (ddr-densho-1000-7-41) - 00:00:47
Resettling in Hawaii after the war (ddr-densho-1000-7-42) - 00:04:27
Living in Hawaii for over nine years after World War II (ddr-densho-1000-7-43) - 00:02:10
Choosing to return to the mainland after living in Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-7-44) - 00:00:54
Becoming involved in Japanese American community organizations (ddr-densho-1000-7-45) - 00:04:21
Joining the Lion's Club of First Hill, Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-7-46) - 00:03:23
Lion's Club: purpose is to serve the community (ddr-densho-1000-7-47) - 00:01:37
The collective strength of a community organization (ddr-densho-1000-7-48) - 00:01:18
Importance of community service (ddr-densho-1000-7-49) - 00:02:32
Reflecting on community efforts to overturn alien land laws (ddr-densho-1000-7-50) - 00:03:12
Involvement in Atlantic Street Center (ddr-densho-1000-7-51) - 00:01:57
Stressing the importance of Japanese culture to grandchildren (ddr-densho-1000-7-52) - 00:00:35
Thoughts on intermarriage (ddr-densho-1000-7-53) - 00:03:41
Role of religion in life (ddr-densho-1000-7-54) - 00:02:22
Concept of giving back what was given to you (ddr-densho-1000-7-55) - 00:01:09
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Participating in sports

00:01:48 — Segment 15 of 55

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June 15, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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George Fugami

George Fugami Interview

01:56:53 — 55 segments

June 15, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Kibei male. Born August 1, 1915, in Portland, Oregon. Sent with siblings to be educated in Japan when ten years old. Returned to the United States in 1935. During World War II, was incarcerated at the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Active in Seattle's postwar Japanese American community as a member and past president of the First Hill Lions Club; past president of the Atlantic Street Center, past president of Franklin High School Band PTA, past zone chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and past JACL district governor, area 19-B. In his interview, discusses childhood memories of Japan and Japanese attitudes and values.

Dee Goto, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho