Densho Digital Archive
Oregon Nikkei Endowment Collection
Title: Mary Haruka Nakamura Interview
Narrator: Mary Haruka Nakamura
Interviewer: Linda Tamura
Location: Ontario, Oregon
Date: April 22, 2014
Densho ID: denshovh-nmary_2-01-0007

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LT: In 1940, your life changed. Can you tell us about that?

MN: 1940, that was during school.

LT: Uh-huh, you were sixteen, and your sister was born?

MN: Oh, yeah. That was September, and my brother was at a JACL convention in Portland, and so they were waiting for him to come home so they could give her a transfusion, but she didn't survive.

LT: Your mother.

MN: Uh-huh.

LT: So your mother passed away when you were young, and your life changed. Your father took on a lot of responsibilities.

MN: We had a lady come in to stay with us to take care of the baby, my sister.

LT: How did life change for you at that point as a young girl?

MN: Well, it didn't change too much, because the lady that took care of the baby was there.

LT: Your father did a lot of cooking.

MN: Yeah, he used to make the turkey. He used to stuff it with rice; it was good.

LT: Sounds great. And so in getting into late 1930s and early 1940, did you and your family talk at all about relationships between Japan and the United States?

MN: No, not at all.

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