Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 2

Life in Minidoka concentration camp: medical facilities and services (ddr-densho-1000-87-1) - 00:01:41
Mental health problems in camp: "disorientation" (ddr-densho-1000-87-2) - 00:02:39
Medical facilities and services in Minidoka (ddr-densho-1000-87-3) - 00:02:29
Personal need to get out of camp, feeling children should be in a "normal situation" (ddr-densho-1000-87-4) - 00:01:48
Leaving camp for the unrestricted zone, Spokane, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-87-5) - 00:03:02
Experiencing prejudice on the way to Spokane (ddr-densho-1000-87-6) - 00:07:33
Involvement with the YWCA in Spokane (ddr-densho-1000-87-7) - 00:04:11
Leaving camp for the unrestricted zone, Spokane, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-87-8) - 00:01:13
The importance of caring for the aging population (ddr-densho-1000-87-9) - 00:01:59
Husband is refused hospital privileges in Spokane, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-87-10) - 00:03:37
Thoughts on welfare in the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-87-11) - 00:02:24
Discussion of topics tackled by Friends of Reconciliation committee: job discrimination (ddr-densho-1000-87-12) - 00:03:05
Lack of employment for returning Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-87-13) - 00:03:04
Waiting to be able to return to Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-87-14) - 00:02:19
Finding a home among friendly neighbors after returning to Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-87-15) - 00:05:21
Influx of servicemen changes neighborhoods and creates housing shortage after the war (ddr-densho-1000-87-16) - 00:01:49
Husband returns to medical practice, delivers postwar baby boom babies (ddr-densho-1000-87-17) - 00:04:09
Formation of the Japanese Resettlement Committee (ddr-densho-1000-87-18) - 00:03:43
Seattle's health department refuses to provide typhoid inoculations to Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-87-19) - 00:05:53
Japanese Resettlement Committee's efforts to assist returning Japanese with housing (ddr-densho-1000-87-20) - 00:05:31
The Japanese Resettlement Committee's help with employment for Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-87-21) - 00:01:31
Volunteering in mainstream community organizations (ddr-densho-1000-87-22) - 00:04:25
Helping mainstream organizations outside the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-87-23) - 00:02:53
Working with the American Association of University Women (ddr-densho-1000-87-24) - 00:03:11
Belief in "assimilation" (ddr-densho-1000-87-25) - 00:04:18
Involvement with medical associations (ddr-densho-1000-87-26) - 00:02:36
Comparing experiences in Japan and in the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-87-27) - 00:01:39
Getting involved in the "Mountaineers" and a ski program with the Seattle schools (ddr-densho-1000-87-28) - 00:02:52
Being the only woman to receive the Emperor of Japan's award for public service (ddr-densho-1000-87-29) - 00:02:02
Skiing as a hobby (ddr-densho-1000-87-30) - 00:01:19
Husband's postwar medical practice (ddr-densho-1000-87-31) - 00:02:57
Looking back on life (ddr-densho-1000-87-32) - 00:04:44
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-87-33) - 00:02:40
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Mental health problems in camp: "disorientation"

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

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June 11, 1998

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Nobu Suzuki

Nobu Suzuki Interview II

01:44:37 — 33 segments

June 11, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Nisei female. Born November 25, 1909, in Seattle, Washington. Father established one of the largest oyster companies in the United States prior to World War II. Graduated from Garfield High School, the University of Washington, and then the Pacific School of Religion where she earned a master's degree in religious education. At the outbreak of WWII, assisted Nikkei who lost their jobs and worked with the WRA to help those families trying to relocate inland before the mass removal. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, with husband who served as one of the camp's physicians. While incarcerated, worked on the student relocation and job leave programs. Maintained an active involvement in the Young Christian Women's Association throughout the war, and postwar. Resettled first in Spokane, than later in Seattle. After the war, became active in a myriad of organizations, including, the national PTA, American Association of University Women, League of Women's Voters, and King County Medical Society's women's organization.

(References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.)

Dee Goto, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho