Robert A. Nakamura Interview Segment 1

Father's family background (ddr-densho-1003-4-1) -
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1003-4-2) -
Born in Venice, California (ddr-densho-1003-4-3) -
Description of parents (ddr-densho-1003-4-4) -
Remembering being treated as racially different after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1003-4-5) -
A child's memories of Manzanar (ddr-densho-1003-4-6) -
Father's work in camp (ddr-densho-1003-4-7) -
Attending school in camp (ddr-densho-1003-4-8) -
Leaving camp and moving to Denver (ddr-densho-1003-4-9) -
The Japanese American community in Denver (ddr-densho-1003-4-10) -
Returning with family to California (ddr-densho-1003-4-11) -
Experiences with discrimination upon returning to California (ddr-densho-1003-4-12) -
Becoming interested in journalism (ddr-densho-1003-4-13) -
Influence of father's prewar gardening business (ddr-densho-1003-4-14) -
Living independently after graduating from high school (ddr-densho-1003-4-15) -
Working as a magazine photographer (ddr-densho-1003-4-16) -
Working as a photographer for Charles Eames (ddr-densho-1003-4-17) -
Exploring Japanese American identity by considering a move to Japan (ddr-densho-1003-4-18) -
Encountering the magazine Gidra and getting involved in the Asian American movement (ddr-densho-1003-4-19) -
Photographing the first Manzanar pilgrimage (ddr-densho-1003-4-20) -
Description of the first Manzanar pilgrimage (ddr-densho-1003-4-21) -
Going to film school at UCLA (ddr-densho-1003-4-22) -
Studying film and establishing Visual Communications (ddr-densho-1003-4-23) -
Forming Visual Communications (ddr-densho-1003-4-24) -
Making the film Wataridori: Birds of Passage (ddr-densho-1003-4-25) -
The work of Visual Communications (ddr-densho-1003-4-26) -
Moving to San Diego to teach, making next film Hito Hata (ddr-densho-1003-4-27) -
The influence of the film Hito Hata (ddr-densho-1003-4-28) -
Teaching film (ddr-densho-1003-4-29) -
Description of several more films (ddr-densho-1003-4-30) -
Getting involved in the redress movement (ddr-densho-1003-4-31) -
Becoming involved with the Japanese American National Museum (ddr-densho-1003-4-32) -
Films made with the Japanese American National Museum (ddr-densho-1003-4-33) -
Deciding to make a film on Toyo Miyatake (ddr-densho-1003-4-34) -
Discussion of highlights of film career (ddr-densho-1003-4-35) -
Returning to teaching: Asian American Studies and film (ddr-densho-1003-4-36) -
Reflections (ddr-densho-1003-4-37) -
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Father's family background

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

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November 30, 2011

Friends of Manzanar Collection

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Robert A. Nakamura

Robert A. Nakamura Interview

04:00:51 — 37 segments

November 30, 2011

Los Angeles, California

Nisei/Sansei male. Born July 5, 1936, in Venice, California. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, lived for a time in Denver before returning to Los Angeles. After the war, became a pioneering filmmaker. Founder of Visual Communications, the oldest community-based media arts center in the United States. Along with wife Karen Ishizuka, founded the Media Arts Center of the Japanese American National Museum.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.)

Sharon Yamato, interviewer; Akira Boch, videographer

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