Fred Oda Interview Segment 1

Born in Watsonville's Asian American community (ddr-densho-1015-9-1) - 00:03:32
Father's family background: immigration first to Hawaii (ddr-densho-1015-9-2) - 00:05:14
Father's skill in Japanese performing arts (ddr-densho-1015-9-3) - 00:04:51
Parents' prewar business: barber shop and bathhouse (ddr-densho-1015-9-4) - 00:02:55
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1015-9-5) - 00:02:33
Recreational activities and games played as children (ddr-densho-1015-9-6) - 00:03:36
Memories of Japanese American peer group (ddr-densho-1015-9-7) - 00:04:23
Prewar Japanese American business district in Watsonville, California (ddr-densho-1015-9-8) - 00:05:11
Description of father's barber shop (ddr-densho-1015-9-9) - 00:04:29
Tensions between Japanese Americans from town and those from farming areas (ddr-densho-1015-9-10) - 00:02:54
Learning kendo (ddr-densho-1015-9-11) - 00:06:02
Participating in high school sports (ddr-densho-1015-9-12) - 00:01:39
Attending school (ddr-densho-1015-9-13) - 00:05:00
Working for a local company after graduating from high school (ddr-densho-1015-9-14) - 00:01:55
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "I couldn't believe it" (ddr-densho-1015-9-15) - 00:04:22
Dealing with legal and business matters before mass removal (ddr-densho-1015-9-16) - 00:02:46
Residency restrictions for Issei in town (ddr-densho-1015-9-17) - 00:03:16
Witnessing a tragic accident involving a peer in camp (ddr-densho-1015-9-18) - 00:03:20
Moving to the Poston concentration camp; coping with difficult conditions (ddr-densho-1015-9-19) - 00:05:11
Answering "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," then changing to "yes-yes" (ddr-densho-1015-9-20) - 00:04:36
Living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (ddr-densho-1015-9-21) - 00:04:03
Recalling a speech by Congressman Spark Matsunaga (ddr-densho-1015-9-22) - 00:02:02
Returning to Watsonville (ddr-densho-1015-9-23) - 00:02:23
Encountering discrimination upon returning home (ddr-densho-1015-9-24) - 00:03:00
Attending barber school (ddr-densho-1015-9-25) - 00:03:28
Working in father's barber business (ddr-densho-1015-9-26) - 00:04:41
The hardships faced by Issei parents (ddr-densho-1015-9-27) - 00:04:48
Getting married, raising children (ddr-densho-1015-9-28) - 00:01:44
Reflections (ddr-densho-1015-9-29) - 00:04:20
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Born in Watsonville's Asian American community

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November 19, 2008

Watsonville - Santa Cruz JACL Collection

Watsonville - Santa Cruz JACL Collection


Fred Oda

Fred Oda Interview

01:48:14 — 29 segments

November 19, 2008

Watsonville, California

Nisei male. Born September 2, 1923, in Watsonville, California. Grew up in Watsonville, where parents operated a joint barbershop and bathhouse business. During World War II, removed to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving camp, worked in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before returning to Watsonville. Attended barber school in San Francisco, eventually joining father's barber business.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

Watsonville - Santa Cruz JACL Collection