Ayame Tsutakawa Interview II Segment 2

Growing up in Sacramento, California (ddr-densho-1000-95-1) - 00:05:20
Prewar discrimination: kicked out of a "high class" store (ddr-densho-1000-95-2) - 00:02:43
Studying Japanese dance (ddr-densho-1000-95-3) - 00:02:54
Adjusting to life in the United States (ddr-densho-1000-95-4) - 00:01:40
Reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "I thought being Japanese, we might be killed on the street" (ddr-densho-1000-95-5) - 00:03:14
Entrusting personal belongings to "friends," and buying pants to wear (ddr-densho-1000-95-6) - 00:03:56
Few memories of the Sacramento Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-95-7) - 00:01:52
Traveling to Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-95-8) - 00:02:18
Description of camp life: the possibility of returning to Japan (ddr-densho-1000-95-9) - 00:02:29
Mother makes sure family is fed in camp (ddr-densho-1000-95-10) - 00:02:26
School and dance studies in Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-95-11) - 00:03:58
Too young to notice conflict in camp (ddr-densho-1000-95-12) - 00:01:49
Reaction in camp to Japan's surrender (ddr-densho-1000-95-13) - 00:02:18
Reestablishing a business in Sacramento (ddr-densho-1000-95-14) - 00:04:42
Recovering stored belongings (ddr-densho-1000-95-15) - 00:02:40
Helping in family's restaurant (ddr-densho-1000-95-16) - 00:02:29
Meeting husband, George Tsutakawa (ddr-densho-1000-95-17) - 00:06:03
George Tsutakawa's family background (ddr-densho-1000-95-18) - 00:04:04
Finding commonality as Kibei (ddr-densho-1000-95-19) - 00:02:28
Postponing marriage (ddr-densho-1000-95-20) - 00:03:14
Early years of marriage: description of first home (ddr-densho-1000-95-21) - 00:02:50
Wedding ceremony in Seattle, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-95-22) - 00:01:59
Life with a young artist (ddr-densho-1000-95-23) - 00:04:40
Moving to a larger home and starting a family (ddr-densho-1000-95-24) - 00:03:11
Japanese American community activities (ddr-densho-1000-95-25) - 00:03:56
George Tsutakawa's arts program at the University of Washington (ddr-densho-1000-95-26) - 00:01:47
Changing life as husband George Tsutakawa becomes more prominent (ddr-densho-1000-95-27) - 00:03:29
Raising a family (ddr-densho-1000-95-28) - 00:03:33
The influence of art on children (ddr-densho-1000-95-29) - 00:02:01
Description of children and grandchildren (ddr-densho-1000-95-30) - 00:03:14
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Prewar discrimination: kicked out of a "high class" store

00:02:43 — Segment 2 of 30

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June 5, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Ayame Tsutakawa

Ayame Tsutakawa Interview II

01:27:57 — 30 segments

June 5, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Kibei female. Born May 23, 1924, in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California. Sent to Japan to live with a relative when thirteen months old. Returned to United States and mother when twelve years old. Incarcerated at Sacramento Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, both in California. Resettled in Sacramento, California. Married George Tsutakawa, renowned artist, and moved to Seattle, Washington.

Tracy Lai, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho