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Title: Esther Takei Nishio Interview
Narrator: Esther Takei Nishio
Interviewer: Sharon Yamato
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: September 21, 2011
Densho ID: denshovh-nesther-01-0007

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SY: Do you remember the, being, the process of going from your home, your uncle's home to Santa Anita?

EN: Well, no, we had our own home in Venice.

SY: But then you moved inland to, before the, before you actually were taken to Santa Anita?

EN: I think so, yes. In the El Serena area, wherever that is.

SY: The home you had in Venice, was that leased? Do you know if that was a leased home?

EN: No, it was a rental.

SY: So you were renting that.

EN: Yes.

SY: And then you had all, and your parents had all this equipment.

EN: Right.

SY: That somehow they were able to...

EN: I don't know what they did with it.

SY: They didn't, they didn't store any of it, did they?

EN: No. When we, when my mother and I had to go into camp our friend, Hugh Anderson, stored every, stored our furniture and personal belongings for us.

SY: Now, how did you know Hugh Anderson?

EN: Well, one of our employees was a student at Pasadena Junior College and met Hugh Anderson, who was, I guess, president of the senior class at the time, and they became very good friends. And so when the news of the evacuation came Hugh Anderson volunteered to take care of our property for us.

SY: Did he do this for many families?

EN: I think just for his close friends. He was a CPA and he traveled up and down California, I believe. And when the possibility of war with Japan was imminent, the state government told him to drop everything and just work with the Japanese people and their accounts, and so he became very acquainted with the problems that the Japanese were encountering.

SY: I see, so, but he was first kind of hired on, like by the government, to make arrangements for the Japanese to...

EN: Yes, just to take care of their business, whatever a CPA does for the government. I don't know.

SY: So you were, your family was fairly close to him before the war, then.

EN: Not really, we just became acquainted with him through our employee.

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