Densho Digital Archive
Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Dorothy Kuwaye Interview
Narrator: Dorothy Kuwaye
Interviewer: Richard Potashin
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: May 13, 2010
Densho ID: denshovh-kdorothy-01-0001

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RP: This is an oral history interview for the Manzanar National Historic Site. And today we're talking with Dorothy Tamaki Kuwaye. And the interview's taking place at her sister's residence, Sachi's residence. I believe it's, can you give us the address of, the address of where we are?

Off Camera: Sure. 3939 Marleton Avenue.

RP: Okay. And this is in Los Angeles, California. The date of the interview is May 13, 2009. Interviewer is Richard Potashin and the videographer for our interview is Kirk Peterson. And we'll be talking with Dorothy about her experiences at the Heart Mountain relocation center as well as her experiences before and after camp. Our interview will be archived in the park's library, and Dorothy, do I have permission to go ahead and record our interview?

DK: Yes you do.

RP: And, can I refer to you as Dorothy?

DK: Yes, of course.

RP: Okay. Thank you very much for spending time sharing some of your --

DK: Oh, thank you.

RP: -- very important stories. Let's start with a little biographical information about yourself. First of all, can you tell us where you were born and what year?

DK: In Covina, California, 1928.

RP: Okay. And can you give us your given name at birth?

DK: Dorothy Tamaki.

RP: Tamaki. And where did you get the name Dorothy?

DK: From my sister, Sachi. Because Dorothy Lamour was very popular at that time, so they decided to give me that name. And I never did have a Japanese name, which is unusual.

RP: And, Dorothy, do you recall later on, do know whether you were born at home or at a hospital?

DK: Gee, I don't know. Was I born at home?

Off Camera: Yeah. You were born at home.

DK: I was born at home.

Off Camera: I was the only one that was born at the hospital.

DK: Oh, okay. So, I was born at home.

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