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Title: Fumiko Uyeda Groves Interview
Narrator: Fumiko Uyeda Groves
Interviewer: Larry Hashima
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 16, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-gfumiko-01-0013

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LH: ...and talk about right before the war began. What do you recall of your father's involvement in the community and sort of what he, how he stood in the community with the other leaders?

FG: He must have been and I was only about six, well, seven years old, and I don't really, really remember a lot, but he must have been active with the Japanese Community Service.

LH: The Nikkeijinkai?

FG: The Nikkeijinkai, because when the visiting war ships would come, I know that he hosted them, and I remember them coming over, but other than that, it's sort of all mixed up. I'm not quite sure what his involvement was before the war. I'm much more clear after the war. [Laughs]

LH: But so he hosted these, I guess, Japanese military, naval --

FG: Military, yes.

LH: -- seamen coming over.

FG: I think I know -- oh, I remember. I think I know why. One of the reasons, especially Navy is because Navy would be coming from Kure, Hiroshima, and it also, the Etajima, the naval academy, is in Hiroshima. And my father knew people who, some of his friends went to Etajima, went to school there so...

LH: So again it was the kenjinkai, the ken, the relationship.

FG: Yes, I believe it is.

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