Densho Digital Archive
Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Art Okuno Interview
Narrator: Art Okuno
Interviewer: Kirk Peterson
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: September 1, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-oart-01-0019

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KP: So who in your family left camp first?

AO: I guess I was the first one.

KP: And where did you go?

AO: New York City.

KP: And what year was that? Do you remember?

AO: about '45.

KP: And why did you choose New York?

AO: Why'd I choose New York, well, I knew there was a hostel there, a place where you could stay in Brooklyn. I don't know, never been to New York maybe. [Laughs]

KP: So did you have a job lined up for New York before you left?

AO: No, but when I got to the hostel they, they gave us some leads, so we went job hunting and I got a job with the contractors. And I remember, I was in the drafting and they were working on air conditioning for the Princeton University, so some of those I drew up. Yeah. But I was only there for about a year, then I went back to school.

KP: Where'd you go to school?

AO: Back to Berkeley.

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