Bill Hirabayashi Interview Segment 1

Father's immigration to the U.S. (ddr-densho-1014-4-1) - 00:03:33
Father's formation of a farming corporation with other families (ddr-densho-1014-4-2) - 00:05:14
Description of mother and siblings (ddr-densho-1014-4-3) - 00:03:15
Growing up in the small farming town of Thomas, Washington (ddr-densho-1014-4-4) - 00:06:18
Involvement in the Auburn Christian Fellowship (ddr-densho-1014-4-5) - 00:03:13
Speaking a mixture of Japanese and English at home (ddr-densho-1014-4-6) - 00:02:14
Attending high school (ddr-densho-1014-4-7) - 00:01:46
Visiting a Hooverville in town (ddr-densho-1014-4-8) - 00:03:04
Description of a mentor in grade school (ddr-densho-1014-4-9) - 00:04:56
Meeting future wife, trying to volunteer for the army (ddr-densho-1014-4-10) - 00:06:20
Visiting brother in Fort Lewis upon hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1014-4-11) - 00:05:00
A memorable visitor to family's farm (ddr-densho-1014-4-12) - 00:04:30
Thoughts about Gordon Hirabayashi's wartime stance (ddr-densho-1014-4-13) - 00:03:29
Living conditions in camp, getting married at Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1014-4-14) - 00:05:02
Leaving camp to work as a manager on a large estate farm (ddr-densho-1014-4-15) - 00:05:32
Description of job at Grassmere Farm (ddr-densho-1014-4-16) - 00:05:33
Working for a wealthy hotel owner (ddr-densho-1014-4-17) - 00:04:07
Family's experiences resettling in Minneapolis (ddr-densho-1014-4-18) - 00:04:51
Taking a well-earned vacation while working at Grassmere Farms (ddr-densho-1014-4-19) - 00:06:12
Deciding to leave Grassmere Farms after passing of owner (ddr-densho-1014-4-20) - 00:04:42
Moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, finding a job as an auto mechanic (ddr-densho-1014-4-21) - 00:03:58
Getting ahead in the car dealership industry by establishing credit through personal contacts (ddr-densho-1014-4-22) - 00:10:39
The Japanese American community in Minneapolis (ddr-densho-1014-4-23) - 00:02:38
Description of children (ddr-densho-1014-4-24) - 00:05:47
Thoughts on the redress movement (ddr-densho-1014-4-25) - 00:03:55
Reflections: "this is a country of opportunities" (ddr-densho-1014-4-26) - 00:08:34
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Father's immigration to the U.S.

00:03:33 — Segment 1 of 26

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June 16, 2009

Twin Cities JACL Collection

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Bill Hirabayashi

Bill Hirabayashi Interview

02:04:22 — 26 segments

June 16, 2009

Bloomington, Minnesota

Nisei male. Born September 12, 1923, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in small town of Thomas, where family was part of the White River Valley farming corporation. During World War II, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, moved to Chicago and managed a large estate farm. Eventually became established in the automotive service industry in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Megan Asaka, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

Twin Cities JACL Collection