Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 19

Born in Berkeley, California (ddr-densho-1013-6-1) - 00:01:23
Father's background: Nisei, born in Oakland (ddr-densho-1013-6-2) - 00:02:11
Grandparents' immigration to Hawaii, eventually settling in Berkeley (ddr-densho-1013-6-3) - 00:05:39
Family's life in prewar Berkeley, California (ddr-densho-1013-6-4) - 00:04:39
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1013-6-5) - 00:03:10
Memories of Pearl Harbor as an eight-year-old (ddr-densho-1013-6-6) - 00:05:04
Unable to participate in school's May Day celebration because of mass removal (ddr-densho-1013-6-7) - 00:07:11
Journey by bus to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California (ddr-densho-1013-6-8) - 00:02:43
Living conditions in Tanforan (ddr-densho-1013-6-9) - 00:05:14
Activities in Tanforan: attending school, children's games (ddr-densho-1013-6-10) - 00:03:51
The train ride to Topaz: saying goodbye to familiar surroundings (ddr-densho-1013-6-11) - 00:08:06
Dealing with a dust storm on first day in Topaz (ddr-densho-1013-6-12) - 00:04:37
Attending elementary school in camp: remembering teachers who had a difficult time (ddr-densho-1013-6-13) - 00:05:02
Remembering some who expressed resentment about incarceration (ddr-densho-1013-6-14) - 00:03:22
Father's work outside the camp on temporary leave (ddr-densho-1013-6-15) - 00:04:10
Contemplating the meaning of freedom while imprisoned in camp (ddr-densho-1013-6-16) - 00:05:46
Moving to North Platte, Nebraska, after leaving camp (ddr-densho-1013-6-17) - 00:03:54
Feeling welcomed by community in North Platte, Nebraska (ddr-densho-1013-6-18) - 00:04:27
Description of the Japanese American community in North Platte (ddr-densho-1013-6-19) - 00:06:41
Attending high school (ddr-densho-1013-6-20) - 00:02:55
Meeting future husband, dealing with issues of interracial marriage (ddr-densho-1013-6-21) - 00:06:45
Getting married, trying to find a teaching job in North Dakota (ddr-densho-1013-6-22) - 00:06:52
Work as a teacher during a time of ethnic integration in the schools (ddr-densho-1013-6-23) - 00:06:11
Reflections: "I'm proud to be of Japanese ancestry" (ddr-densho-1013-6-24) - 00:03:04
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Description of the Japanese American community in North Platte

00:06:41 — Segment 19 of 24

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June 18, 2008

Topaz Museum Collection

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Helen Harano Christ

Helen Harano Christ Interview

01:52:57 — 24 segments

June 18, 2008

Seattle, Washington

Sansei female. Born August 26, 1934, in Berkeley, California. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Family resettled in North Platte, Nebraska, where father operated a flower shop. Received undergraduate degree in education and sociology from Hastings College in Nebraska. Attended McCormick Seminary in Illinois. Married husband Frank Christ in 1959. Worked as a teacher during school desegregation efforts in the 1960s.

Megan Asaka, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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