Densho Digital Archive
Topaz Museum Collection
Title: Helen Harano Christ Interview
Narrator: Helen Harano Christ
Interviewer: Megan Asaka
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 18, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-chelen-01-0005

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MA: So let's talk about your siblings. There's six children in your family.

HC: Who went into internment. One was, another one was born in camp, in Topaz, and two were born in North Platte, Nebraska, after the war, so there's nine of us all together.

MA: Okay. And you said you were third oldest.

HC: Uh-huh, I'm the third oldest.

MA: Okay.

HC: And my oldest sister now is, is a nurse, she lives in the Boston area -- Baltimore area. My older brother -- and she's retired. My older brother is also now retired, he was an arborist for the city of, city of Colorado Springs. And then I was a teacher, and my sister Kay went to Japan on a, on a scholarship to learn art, an art scholarship, and she married a Japanese-Japanese, and she's retired now from being a secretary for the military in Japan. Let's see. My brother after her is Roger, he was a military chaplain, but he died at age, about fifty-eight, fifty-nine. My next brother is Ronald, and he was a computer fixer, in the computer business way back at the beginning of computers, and he's still a computer whiz. And then my sister Gail, who was born in camp, is retired, and she was a writer for Hallmark, Hallmark cards, and then my brother Randy, who was after her, is in Idaho, and he is in the, does computers for the State of Idaho's... I want to say mental health system, but I don't think that's right. Anyway, he works for the State of Idaho with computers. And then my youngest brother is an engineer for a private company in Houston, he does pipes, and knows all about heat and stress and all that stuff, which when he talks about it, I don't understand.

MA: Wow, quite a family you have.

HC: And all of us have been to college except Randy and Ronald, and they both have technical college experience. 'Cause my mother always said, "Well, if you want to improve yourself, you've got to go to school."

MA: That's great.

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