Densho Digital Archive
National Japanese American Historical Society Collection
Title: George S. Matsui Interview
Narrator: George S. Matsui
Interviewer: Marvin Uratsu
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: December 11, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-mgeorge-01-0018

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MU: What were they doing in Japan, your father and mother?

GM: My dad bought a big house, huge house from another place. They tore that down and brought all that big timber that's supposed to go into it -- lumber over to his lot. They built it up like a little castle. [Laughs]

MU: What was their business there?

GM: Huh?

MU: What was their, how did they make their living?

GM: My dad owned several pieces of land, I think.

MU: Oh, I see.

GM: And he worked it, and other people worked it. He must have made pretty good money. He didn't worry about money.

MU: Well, apparently he didn't -- they didn't suffer too much as far as food is concerned during the war.

GM: No, they didn't. I don't think so 'cause my mom was fine and my sister's fine. My other brother, I guess he didn't get called 'cause he had to take care of the farm, the family business.

MU: Then you had a brother and a sister here?

GM: Brother and sister here.

MU: What happened to them?

GM: They were in Santa Anita Assembly Center and then went to Tule Lake.

MU: And after that?

GM: After that, they got released and came back to Berkeley.

MU: Oh.

GM: 'Cause that's where they orig-, my sister lived with her husband. They're Berkeley people.

MU: Are they still there?

GM: Uh-huh.

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