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Title: Homer Yasui Interview
Narrator: Homer Yasui
Interviewers: Barbara Yasui (primary), Tom Ikeda (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: February 11, 2022
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-491-10

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BY: And when you lived in Philadelphia, where did you live and who did you live with?

HY: No, I lived in my entire four years there in a small apartment at 1408 Tioga Street, West Tioga Street, it was in West Philadelphia.

BY: By yourself?

HY: Oh, no, no. I had several... well, initially I was there by myself because Shu already had a roommate. This was an apartment, second floor apartment. But then his, I don't know what happened to his roommate, but his roommate left or did something, so I moved in with Shu, so I was Shu's roommate for a while. Then Shu graduated, as I say, so there was another Nisei student named Terry Hayashi at Temple. And so Terry roomed, he and I together roomed at the Tioga Street apartment. Then he graduated and then there was a student named Bob Katase at Hahnemann, two years after me, he got tuberculosis and so he lost the year. He had to go to Eagleville Sanitarium, then he came back, then he roomed with me. And then during my last year, I roomed with Ephraim Zackson, who was a good friend of mine and also a schoolmate at Hahnemann. So I had four or five different roommates, but it was always at the Tioga Street apartment.

BY: Tom, do you have any questions about Denver/Philadelphia period?

TI: The one question about Philadelphia, because Philadelphia was really close to Seabrook, did you ever come across people from Seabrook in Philadelphia? You smiled, so...

HY: Well, that's a very interesting question, very interesting story, because, yes. My wife, Miki Yabe Yasui, Miyuki Yabe Yasui, did work two years at the Seabrook Farms. It was called Seabrook Farms, but what they were doing is preparing frozen foods. So she and her mother, Mitsue Yabe, left the Heart Mountain camp in December of '44 and went to Seabrook. And Miki worked there for two years while she made enough money to go to college. And then she did, she commuted for a while. Let me take it back. Her credits were not considered good enough from graduation from the Heart Mountain high school from which she graduated. So they said, well, we'll take you at Drexel Institute of Technology, which was a college, if you make up your high school credits, which were not very good. So Miki commuted to Temple University High School. They had a high school there too. So she did that for, I think, one year until she got credit enough to be accepted by the Drexel Institute of Technology, which still exists. And then she started going to school. Then she left work and then she became a schoolgirl. Do you know what a schoolgirl is? Yeah, in Philadelphia from about, I would say from around 1946, '47. That's when I met her. That's where I met my wife, in Philadelphia, and she had worked in Seabrook. Seabrook still has a Nikkei community that they have a JACL chapter and so on. So I have no... and I've been to Seabrook once, but it was so many years ago, I've forgotten what it's like. So I know Seabrook.

BY: Okay.

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