Densho Digital Archive
Raechel Donahue and Garrett Lindemann Collection
Title: Sumi Uyeda Interview
Narrator: Sumi Uyeda
Interviewer: Raechel Donahue
Date: 2010
Densho ID: denshovh-usumi-01-0001

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RD: Okay. Where were you born?

SU: I was born in Sacramento, California.

RD: And when?

SU: I was born in 1932.

RD: We should look so good. And were your parents Japanese citizens?

SU: Yes, they were. They were Japanese citizens, they came over about 1915 or 1916, '17.

RD: Wow, that must have been interesting. Where were they from?

SU: They're from Hiroshima, Japan.

RD: And Chuck's family is from there, right?

SU: Chuck's family is from Wakayama, Japan.

Off camera: Shig...

RD: Yeah, Shig. Shig Yabu, maybe. So where did you go to school?

SU: I went to school, elementary school, we used to call it grammar school, in Penryn, California, and high school in Auburn, California, Placer Union High School.

RD: [Inaudible].

SU: Right.

RD: I went to school in Grass Valley.

SU: Oh, you did?

RD: Yeah, just as a little kid, though. I was in grammar school there, too. Do you remember what your life was like in... where were you taken from, Auburn?

SU: From Penryn.

RD: What was it like in Penryn, your life like in Penryn?

SU: Well, my mother was widowed with a lot of children, so I grew up in a poor family but she supported us by being a barber. And I lived in this little town of Penryn and I had a great time. It was a happy childhood.

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