Grace F. Oshita Interview Segment 5

Grandparents' and parents' immigration to the U.S. (ddr-densho-1013-4-1) - 00:05:42
Growing up in San Francisco's Japantown (ddr-densho-1013-4-2) - 00:03:08
Family's prewar miso company (ddr-densho-1013-4-3) - 00:04:28
Studying koto and shamisen as a child (ddr-densho-1013-4-4) - 00:02:40
Memories of elementary school (ddr-densho-1013-4-5) - 00:04:24
Attending high school; ethnic composition of student body (ddr-densho-1013-4-6) - 00:05:15
Responses to the bombing of Pearl Harbor: attending school the following day (ddr-densho-1013-4-7) - 00:05:50
Difficulties after father's pickup by FBI; preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-1013-4-8) - 00:11:55
The day of mass removal (ddr-densho-1013-4-9) - 00:06:35
Arrival in Tanforan, fears father might be sent to Japan (ddr-densho-1013-4-10) - 00:07:21
Conditions in Topaz: dust, barracks (ddr-densho-1013-4-11) - 00:06:02
Education in camp, working as an assistant to the elementary school principal (ddr-densho-1013-4-12) - 00:07:13
Father's "parole" to Topaz to rejoin family (ddr-densho-1013-4-13) - 00:08:18
Parents leaving camp to find work (ddr-densho-1013-4-14) - 00:04:07
Hearing about a shooting in camp (ddr-densho-1013-4-15) - 00:07:15
Leaving camp and joining parents in Salt Lake City (ddr-densho-1013-4-16) - 00:03:15
Reestablishing the family miso business in Salt Lake City (ddr-densho-1013-4-17) - 00:05:28
Living in Salt Lake City just after World War II (ddr-densho-1013-4-18) - 00:05:34
Mother's running of family business after father passes away (ddr-densho-1013-4-19) - 00:04:43
Getting married and raising children (ddr-densho-1013-4-20) - 00:04:58
Deciding to sell the family's miso business (ddr-densho-1013-4-21) - 00:04:30
Thoughts on redress (ddr-densho-1013-4-22) - 00:02:07
Talking about incarceration experiences with schoolchildren (ddr-densho-1013-4-23) - 00:03:05
Reflections (ddr-densho-1013-4-24) - 00:07:27
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Memories of elementary school

00:04:24 — Segment 5 of 24

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June 4, 2008

Topaz Museum Collection

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Grace F. Oshita

Grace F. Oshita Interview

02:11:20 — 24 segments

June 4, 2008

Salt Lake City, Utah

Nisei female. Born January 2, 1925, in San Francisco, California. Spent childhood in San Francisco where family operated successful miso factory and grocery store. Father arrested by FBI in February 1942 and sent to Fort Lincoln internment camp, North Dakota. Family removed to Tanforan Assembly Center and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Graduated from Topaz High School in 1943. Family resettled in Salt Lake City and reestablished the miso factory. Worked as office manager at miso factory until it was sold in the 1980s. Has been speaking to school groups about camp experience for the past 40 years.

Megan Asaka, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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