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Narrator Kazuko Uno Bill

Nisei female. Born June 5, 1921, in Seattle, Washington. Raised in South Park, Washington where family operated a small produce farm. Attended Cleveland High School and the University of Washington. Was in senior year of college on December 7, 1941. Father picked up by FBI following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and sent to Missoula internment …

Narrator Mako Nakagawa

Nisei female. Born February 1937 in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in Seattle. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington; Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho; and Crystal City internment camp, Texas. In the postwar years, became a teacher, principal, and multicultural specialist for Washington State's Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction. Developed and directed the Japanese …

Narrator Angela Berry

Female of Filipino American descent. Born in 1979 in Seattle, Washington, but grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Granddaughter of Felix Narte, one of the well-known Filipino men on Bainbridge Island who worked for the Japanese American strawberry farmers.

Narrator Lois Shikami

Nisei female. Born August 25, 1931, in Seattle, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, lived in Wisconsin for several years before eventually moving to Chicago, Illinois.

Narrator Irene Yamauchi Tatsuta

Nisei female. Born May 3, 1935, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, returned to Seattle and became a teacher.
Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-1-1)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-1-1)
Prewar activities: attending the University of Washington, conducting a study of the Seattle Japanese American community for master's thesis

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the …

Fred Hirasuna Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-21-7)
vh Fred Hirasuna Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-21-7)
Importance of fundraising and a Washington, D.C. presence in lobbying efforts

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, our interviews were …

Narrator Yukiko Miyake

Nisei female. Born July 1, 1910 in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in Seattle's Nihonmachi, raised by her maternal grandmother. Married Henry Miyake, an Issei, photographer and owner of Takano Studio. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.

Narrator Thomas T. Kobayashi

Nisei male. Born September 4, 1916, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington prior to World War II. Fired from job at Seattle City Light after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. During the war, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Volunteered for …

Narrator Hannah Hirabayashi

Nisei-Sansei female. Born 1938 in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the town of Christopher, now part of Auburn, Washington, where parents ran a grocery store. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was arrested by the FBI and sent to the Fort Missoula internment camp, Montana. The rest of the family went to the Puyallup Assembly …

Narrator Peggy Tanemura

Ni-ten-gosei (half Nisei, half Sansei) female. Born 1932 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington; Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho; and Tule Lake segregation center, California. Returned to Seattle after the war and stayed temporarily at the Seattle Japanese Language School.

Narrator Michiko Amatatsu Noritake

Nisei female. Born December 6, 1919, in Winslow, Washington. Was fired from job as a domestic following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, and later transferred to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Following World War II, returned to Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Narrator Lucius Horiuchi

Nisei male. Born July 22, 1928, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle before being removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Following World War II, worked for the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service officer.

Narrator Toru Sakahara

Nisei male. Born 1916 in Fife, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled during the war to Salt Lake City, Utah, and returned to Seattle after the end of World War II. Mr. Sakahara worked on behalf of individuals filing claims for restitution under the Evacuation …

Narrator Alice Abrams Siegal

Jewish female. Born January 23, 1924, in Seattle, Washington. Mother immigrated to the U.S. at age six from Russia, father was born in Lithuania. Alice grew up in a predominately Jewish neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, and remained in Seattle after World War II. Married and had two children before pursuing a master's degree in counseling at …
Yanagihara Collection (ddr-densho-26)
Collection Yanagihara Collection (ddr-densho-26)
The Yanagihara collection contains materials from the pre-War, War, and post-War years. The pre-War photographs show life for the Yanagihara family. The Wartime photographs show life at Minidoka concentration camp in Hunt Idaho. The post-War photographs include events such as the redress movement and the memorial to Japanese American soldiers at the Nisei Veterans Hall in …
Nippon Kan Heritage Association Collection (ddr-densho-353)
Collection Nippon Kan Heritage Association Collection (ddr-densho-353)
The Nippon Kan Heritage Association (NKHA) was a nonprofit organization founded in Seattle, Washington in the 1980s, after the Nippon Kan theater was restored. NKHA was not directly associated with the theater but did produce content that was put on there. This collection documents an exhibit put on by the NKHA: "The Way It Was: Northwest …

Narrator Kiyo Sakahara

Nisei female. Born February 8, 1920, in South Park, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled during the war to Salt Lake City, Utah, and returned to Seattle after the end of World War II.

Narrator Mary Hirata

Nisei female. Born 1926, in Wenatchee, Washington. Grew up in Wenatchee and moved to Seattle with family in 1938. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled during World War II in Pocatello, Idaho. Returned to Seattle after World War II.

Narrator Tom Ikeda

Sansei male. Born January 22, 1956, in Seattle, Washington. During World War II, parents were incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Was General Manager at Microsoft Corporation in the Multimedia Publishing Group before becoming the Founding Executive Director of Densho.

Narrator Yae Aihara

Nisei female. Born August 18, 1925 in Tacoma, Washington. Raised in Seattle, Washington, where family operated a grocery store. Attended Washington Grammar School and Garfield High School in Seattle. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was arrested by the FBI and sent to Missoula internment camp, Montana. Family was removed to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, …

Narrator Sumi Okamoto

Nisei female. Born January 7, 1920, in Seattle, Washington. Spent childhood in Spokane, Washington, where father worked for the Alaska Junk Company. Attended Irving Grade School and Lewis & Clark High School. Wedding took place on December 7, 1941, the day of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Husband passed away in 1946, and Ms. Okamoto worked …

Narrator Aya Uenishi Medrud

Nisei female. Born April 9, 1925, in Malden, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, Washington, before being removed with family to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. From Minidoka, relocated with family to Utica, New York. Worked in Japan for the U.S. Army of Occupation, and for the Tokyo General Army Hospital …

Narrator May K. Sasaki

Nisei female. Born 1937 in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar years in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. Incarcerated as child at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled in Seattle. In her interview, discusses issues of shame and loss of Japanese American identity as a result of incarceration.

Narrator Tatsukichi Moritani

Nisei male. Born October 24, 1916, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California. Left camp to work in Chicago before eventually returning to Bainbridge Island. Worked for the Washington State Ferries for forty years until retirement in 2005.
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