Densho Digital Archive
Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Laurie Sasaki Interview
Narrator: Laurie Sasaki
Interviewer: Richard Potashin
Location: Richmond, California
Date: April 16, 2010
Densho ID: denshovh-slaurie-01-0003

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RP: And tell us about your father's situation down there. What was he, what was his occupation?

LS: He was a farmer and, yeah, he farmed all of his life. And until he went to camp, yeah, he was farming.

RP: You mentioned that he was a very short man. Can you tell us a little bit about his personality?

LS: He was really a cute man, but I mean he was always within himself and he never liked to get out into crowds. And I know if we ever had to get it, get to church, have church gatherings he was, he would take us there but he would always be out doing something or he never wanted to get into the crowds. So he was just... but he was, he always seemed to be rather sickly so... but he was a fun man. He was, he was cute. [Laughs]

RP: What do you remember most about your mother?

LS: Oh, my mother was wonderful. I mean, she always had things to do for me and, and in the summer heat we'd always stay in near the water in the canal and we'd sing songs and play that type of thing. It was very nice.

RP: You kept, she kept life interesting and --

LS: Yes.

RP: -- different for you.

LS: Yes.

RP: Did either of your parents have a creative side, whether it was art or music?

LS: Yes, my mother really loved... my mother had good hands. Is that... they said very good hands and so she was very good at sewing and, and making things and she loved to sing. The whole family loved to sing. So at the church gatherings my brother used to always be the M.C. and introduce my sisters and then my mother and they'd all get up there and sing and they'd have a good old time.

RP: Well let's talk about your brothers and sisters. Maybe you could list them in order of their birth?

LS: My brother Eiichi was born I believe in 1919. And then my sister Michi was born in 1921. And then my brother Hiroshi came along and then there were two others sisters and myself. There were six of us in the family.

RP: Who were you closest with?

LS: I imagine my older sister. I just lost her this past August.

RP: Michi?

LS: Yes, Michi.

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