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Title: Tomiye Terasaki Interview
Narrator: Tomiye Terasaki
Interviewers: Ken Silverman (primary), Alice Ito (secondary)
Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Date: July 3, 2000
Densho ID: denshovh-ttomiye-01-0001

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[Translated from Japanese]

KS: Okay, so we'll begin. I got to say the introduction?

AI: Go right ahead.

KS: Alright. So it's July 3rd, 2000. And we're here with Tomiye Terasaki. I'm your host Ken Silverman. To my left is Alice Ito. On the camera is Steve Hamada. And, assistance, Judy Hill. So, Mrs. Terasaki, we'll have you tell us your story from the very beginning. You were born in San Francisco in 1910, right?

Tomiye Terasaki: Yes.

KS: And why did your parents move to San Francisco? Why were they living in San Francisco?

TT: What year?

KS: Why?

TT: When I was nineteen, I found out that people born in the U.S. could return to the U.S. --

KS: Uh-huh.

TT: -- and so I came back.

KS: But, why were your father and mother living in San Francisco?

TT: Well, back then there weren't stable jobs.

KS: Uh-huh.

TT: They had to change jobs very often. I think they once ran a pool store [pool hall].

KS: Really?

TT: And they also had a ranch, a hay ranch in the countryside. Back then, the hay you feed to cows --

KS: Uh-huh, uh-huh.

TT: They ran a hay ranch together with my uncle.

KS: Really?

TT: Yes.

KS: Where did your mother and father meet?

TT: In Fukuoka.

KS: So they met in Fukuoka, and then came to the U.S?

TT: Yes, yes.

KS: And how many siblings do you have?

TT: Me? Right now, I have five in the U.S, siblings that is.

KS: That's --

TT: Two boys and still three girls.

KS: And what number are you?

TT: I'm the oldest daughter.

KS: Oh, the first-born daughter?

TT: That's right.

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