Frank S. Fujii Segment 16

Father's immigration to the U.S., starting a tavern business (ddr-densho-1000-8-1) - 00:02:27
Growing up in a large family (ddr-densho-1000-8-2) - 00:02:39
Helping to run the family-owned business, Fujii's Tavern (ddr-densho-1000-8-3) - 00:01:57
Description of family business, Fujii's Tavern (ddr-densho-1000-8-4) - 00:02:14
Growing up as the youngest of nine children (ddr-densho-1000-8-5) - 00:02:06
Close relationship with parents (ddr-densho-1000-8-6) - 00:02:52
Prewar Seattle community athletics (ddr-densho-1000-8-7) - 00:01:39
A child's memories of father's arrest and detention following the attack on Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-8-8) - 00:03:04
Preparing for mass removal, experiencing racism (ddr-densho-1000-8-9) - 00:01:21
Impact of mass removal and giving up belongings (ddr-densho-1000-8-10) - 00:03:24
Impressions of Puyallup Assembly Center: physical discomforts, meeting new people (ddr-densho-1000-8-11) - 00:07:41
Receiving visits from a non-Japanese American mentor (ddr-densho-1000-8-12) - 00:03:58
Choosing Tule Lake concentration camp instead of Minidoka (ddr-densho-1000-8-13) - 00:03:56
Relations between Japanese Americans from different cities in camp (ddr-densho-1000-8-14) - 00:02:48
Playing in sports leagues before World War II (ddr-densho-1000-8-15) - 00:05:17
Sports leagues in Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-8-16) - 00:01:57
Organizing sports teams based on cities of origin (ddr-densho-1000-8-17) - 00:01:37
Effects of incarceration on siblings' lives (ddr-densho-1000-8-18) - 00:04:44
Siblings' postwar lives (ddr-densho-1000-8-19) - 00:04:40
Mother's experience in Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-8-20) - 00:01:36
Siblings leave camp early, family is dispersed after the war (ddr-densho-1000-8-21) - 00:01:53
Attending Japanese language school in camp (ddr-densho-1000-8-22) - 00:05:46
Conflict within camp; life after Tule Lake becomes a "segregation center" (ddr-densho-1000-8-23) - 00:04:45
Leaving Tule Lake: "Put me on a train, gave me $29... And then you're feeling so inadequate and feeling so poor" (ddr-densho-1000-8-24) - 00:03:27
A bittersweet reunion with father at Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1000-8-25) - 00:06:54
Starting over after leaving camp, attending college (ddr-densho-1000-8-26) - 00:04:52
Postwar Japanese American community athletics (ddr-densho-1000-8-27) - 00:06:22
Reflections on the contemporary Japanese American community in Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-8-28) - 00:03:07
"The Japanese American is the epitome of the true American dream" (ddr-densho-1000-8-29) - 00:05:51
Reflections on the contemporary Japanese American community in Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-8-30) - 00:06:01
Making the decision to go to college (ddr-densho-1000-8-31) - 00:03:32
Career choices: teaching both art and physical education (ddr-densho-1000-8-32) - 00:05:15
The importance of Japanese history and culture for younger generations (ddr-densho-1000-8-33) - 00:02:52
Observing ethnic diversity while teaching and coaching at the high school level (ddr-densho-1000-8-34) - 00:05:24
Using wartime experiences in teaching (ddr-densho-1000-8-35) - 00:04:12
Relevance of teaching the incarceration experience to future generations (ddr-densho-1000-8-36) - 00:02:43
Influence of incarceration experience on life choices (ddr-densho-1000-8-37) - 00:04:20
Deciding to pursue a masters degree (ddr-densho-1000-8-38) - 00:03:58
A successful teaching and coaching career (ddr-densho-1000-8-39) - 00:03:24
Developing art as a vocation (ddr-densho-1000-8-40) - 00:05:04
Importance of coaching: experiences that make it all worthwhile (ddr-densho-1000-8-41) - 00:04:55
Importance of telling the World War II stories (ddr-densho-1000-8-42) - 00:05:02
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Sports leagues in Tule Lake concentration camp

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

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September 3, 1997

Densho Visual History Collection


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Frank S. Fujii

Frank S. Fujii Interview

02:41:36 — 42 segments

September 3, 1997

Mercer Island, Washington

Nisei male. Born January 14, 1930, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the Jackson Street neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Resettled in Seattle. Former teacher and varsity basketball coach at Seattle's Franklin High School and administrator at Seattle Central Community College.

(This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.)

Larry Hashima, interviewer; Beth Kawahara, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho