Sarah Sato Segment 13

Description of current home (ddr-densho-1000-81-1) - 00:04:26
Parents' immigration route: from Japan to Hawaii to Peru (ddr-densho-1000-81-2) - 00:03:09
Memories of growing up in Peru (ddr-densho-1000-81-3) - 00:03:12
Moving to Hawaii; informal methods of proving one's citizenship (ddr-densho-1000-81-4) - 00:01:48
Father's pick-up and detention by the FBI, and the family's decision to be incarcerated together (ddr-densho-1000-81-5) - 00:04:37
Attending elementary school (ddr-densho-1000-81-6) - 00:02:38
Testing the rules in elementary school (ddr-densho-1000-81-7) - 00:02:32
Memories of living in Hawaii: being part of the racial majority (ddr-densho-1000-81-8) - 00:01:33
Holiday celebrations (ddr-densho-1000-81-9) - 00:02:25
Growing up in Hawaii, attending Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-81-10) - 00:03:21
Being reported to the FBI because of a high school term paper: "I was bitter" (ddr-densho-1000-81-11) - 00:02:30
Aftermath of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii: blackouts, gas masks (ddr-densho-1000-81-12) - 00:02:04
Attitude toward Japan after the bombing: "to me, they were the enemy" (ddr-densho-1000-81-13) - 00:01:38
Life in Hawaii following the bombing, carrying "American" identification cards and building bomb shelters (ddr-densho-1000-81-14) - 00:03:33
Traveling to Jerome concentration camp: discrimination and poverty in the South (ddr-densho-1000-81-15) - 00:02:49
Memories of barracks in Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas: building furniture and installing plasterboard (ddr-densho-1000-81-16) - 00:03:34
Contracting pneumonia in Jerome concentration camp: description of medical facilities (ddr-densho-1000-81-17) - 00:02:40
Treatment in concentration camp hospital (ddr-densho-1000-81-18) - 00:02:13
Answering the so-called "loyalty questions," being classified as a "no-no" (ddr-densho-1000-81-19) - 00:01:35
Interactions between Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the mainland (ddr-densho-1000-81-20) - 00:03:04
Transfer with family to Tule Lake concentration camp, California, as "no-nos" (ddr-densho-1000-81-21) - 00:02:48
Impressions of Tule Lake, a "segregation center" (ddr-densho-1000-81-22) - 00:04:13
Working for the camp administration in the welfare department (ddr-densho-1000-81-23) - 00:02:54
Deciding to renounce U.S. citizenship, separating the family (ddr-densho-1000-81-24) - 00:05:18
Living with grandparents in war-torn Japan, no food (ddr-densho-1000-81-25) - 00:04:07
Living in Japan during the occupation (ddr-densho-1000-81-26) - 00:04:53
Communicating with other renunciants in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-81-27) - 00:02:19
Treatment by Japanese citizens while living in Japan during the U.S. occupation (ddr-densho-1000-81-28) - 00:01:57
Meeting and marrying a Hawaii-born Japanese American GI (ddr-densho-1000-81-29) - 00:01:36
Contrasting attitudes of Hawaii Japanese Americans with mainland Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-81-30) - 00:03:16
Regaining U.S. citizenship, lingering bitterness (ddr-densho-1000-81-31) - 00:03:50
Looking back on incarceration experience (ddr-densho-1000-81-32) - 00:03:43
Importance of family; choosing to live in the United States (ddr-densho-1000-81-33) - 00:04:05
Meeting future husband (ddr-densho-1000-81-34) - 00:01:02
Message to grandchildren: teach them to be proud of their heritage (ddr-densho-1000-81-35) - 00:03:31
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Attitude toward Japan after the bombing: "to me, they were the enemy"

00:01:38 — Segment 13 of 35

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April 9, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Sarah Sato

Sarah Sato Interview

01:44:53 — 35 segments

April 9, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Sansei female. (Mother and father born in Hawaii.) Born February 1925 in Peru. Spent prewar childhood in Peru and Hawaii. Father picked up by the FBI and detained after bombing of Pearl Harbor. Was incarcerated at Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Renounced citizenship in order to stay with parents, and was expatriated to Japan. Regained U.S. citizenship and returned to the United States.

Dee Goto, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho