Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 28

Dating within the Japanese American community before the war (ddr-densho-1000-77-1) - 00:05:01
First meeting as a couple (ddr-densho-1000-77-2) - 00:03:16
Getting engaged before the war (ddr-densho-1000-77-3) - 00:06:45
Gambling in the Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-77-4) - 00:05:38
Working in the judge advocate's office at Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-77-5) - 00:01:55
First impressions of Minidoka (ddr-densho-1000-77-6) - 00:02:25
Leaving camp to attend college (ddr-densho-1000-77-7) - 00:03:32
Finding housing in Utah and attending university (ddr-densho-1000-77-8) - 00:04:44
Japanese American community in Salt Lake City during World War II (ddr-densho-1000-77-9) - 00:04:49
Exposure to Mormon religion in Utah (ddr-densho-1000-77-10) - 00:04:19
Japanese-run hotels in Utah (ddr-densho-1000-77-11) - 00:01:34
Japanese Americans' hopes to return to the West Coast (ddr-densho-1000-77-12) - 00:02:10
Impacts of camp on postwar life (ddr-densho-1000-77-13) - 00:03:47
Kiyo's work with a sugar company (ddr-densho-1000-77-14) - 00:01:47
Kiyo's family's wartime experiences (ddr-densho-1000-77-15) - 00:05:07
Returning to Seattle and finding a place to live (ddr-densho-1000-77-16) - 00:03:24
Kiyo's job in a restaurant (ddr-densho-1000-77-17) - 00:02:35
Refused service at a restaurant (ddr-densho-1000-77-18) - 00:02:14
Toru's beginning a career in law and insurance (ddr-densho-1000-77-19) - 00:03:05
Receiving advice about reestablishing life after the war (ddr-densho-1000-77-20) - 00:03:53
Hearing about Japanese American criminal activities (ddr-densho-1000-77-21) - 00:07:52
Establishing a career in law (ddr-densho-1000-77-22) - 00:04:15
Work with the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-77-23) - 00:03:40
Opening a law office (ddr-densho-1000-77-24) - 00:01:22
Becoming involved in community organizations after the war (ddr-densho-1000-77-25) - 00:06:39
Kiyo's work with a YMCA program (ddr-densho-1000-77-26) - 00:05:25
Working with the YWCA and the Bellamys (ddr-densho-1000-77-27) - 00:04:55
Joining the Japanese American Citizens League after the war (ddr-densho-1000-77-28) - 00:03:22
Working to repeal the Washington State alien land laws (ddr-densho-1000-77-29) - 00:04:20
Involvement in publicity for the campaign to repeal the alien land laws (ddr-densho-1000-77-30) - 00:02:08
Raising funds for the campaign to repeal the alien land laws (ddr-densho-1000-77-31) - 00:04:12
Greater involvement with the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-77-32) - 00:01:07
A frightening incident during a road trip to Utah (ddr-densho-1000-77-33) - 00:08:14
The Japanese American community's involvement in Seattle's Seafair activities (ddr-densho-1000-77-34) - 00:06:26
Addressing the Japanese American Citizens League's role during the war (ddr-densho-1000-77-35) - 00:04:10
Description of Genji Mihara, a prominent Seattle Japanese American community member (ddr-densho-1000-77-36) - 00:06:23
Being asked to attend a meeting about forming a community service group (ddr-densho-1000-77-37) - 00:03:57
Reestablishing the Japanese language school in Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-77-38) - 00:02:48
The establishment of the Japanese Community Service organization (ddr-densho-1000-77-39) - 00:04:59
Genji Mihara's role in the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-77-40) - 00:05:10
Working with multiethnic community coalitions (ddr-densho-1000-77-41) - 00:04:44
Fighting restrictive covenants in the housing market (ddr-densho-1000-77-42) - 00:01:37
Joining a Japanese American sports club after the war (ddr-densho-1000-77-43) - 00:06:11
Caring for aging family members (ddr-densho-1000-77-44) - 00:05:53
Learning from Issei parents (ddr-densho-1000-77-45) - 00:04:21
The importance of teaching children to be proud of heritage (ddr-densho-1000-77-46) - 00:04:34
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-77-47) - 00:09:56
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ddr-densho-1000-77-28 (Legacy UID: denshovh-storu_g-02-0028)

Joining the Japanese American Citizens League after the war

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

00:03:22 — Segment 28 of 47

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February 27, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Toru Sakahara
Kiyo Sakahara

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II

03:20:59 — 47 segments

February 27, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Toru Sakahara, Nisei male. Born September 19, 1916, in Fife, Washington. Kiyo Kamikawa Sakahara, Nisei female. Born February 8, 1920, in South Park, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Sakahara were married shortly before mass removal in 1942 so they wouldn't be separated during the war. Both were incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled during the war to Salt Lake City, Utah, and returned to Seattle after the end of World War II. Mr. Sakahara worked on behalf of individuals filing claims for restitution under the Evacuation Claims Act and helped in the repeal of the Washington State alien land laws. Mr. Sakahara was a longtime member and former president of Japanese Community Service.

(This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.)

Dee Goto, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho