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Narrator Lillian Sato

Nisei/Sansei female. Born December 14, 1928, in Stockton, California. Father was Issei and mother was Nisei, born in Hawaii. Grew up in Santa Monica, California. During World War II, moved with family to Colorado to avoid mass removal. Remained in Denver, later operating a grocery store and greenhouse business with husband.

Narrator Nancy Sawada Miyagishima

Sansei female. Born September 17, 1930, in Sacramento, California. Spent childhood in Sacramento where mother and stepfather worked on strawberry fields. Sent to live with relatives in Fort Lupton, Colorado, after mother passed away in March 1941. Unable to return to West Coast after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Extended family moved …
The Pacific Citizen, Vol. 17 No. 7 (August 21, 1943) (ddr-pc-15-32)
doc The Pacific Citizen, Vol. 17 No. 7 (August 21, 1943) (ddr-pc-15-32)
Selected article titles: "Expect Substantial Number May Receive War Work Approval" (p. 1), "Five San Diegans Organize Group, 'No Japs, Inc'" (p. 1), "WACs Start Recruiting of Nisei Women" (p. 1), "Japanese American Members of Army's Enlisted Reserves Recalled to Active Service" (p. 2), "WRA Frowns On Relocation In Denver Area. Further Influx Into Colorado Discouraged …
Tulean Dispatch Vol. 6 No. 15 (August 3, 1943) (ddr-densho-65-265)
doc Tulean Dispatch Vol. 6 No. 15 (August 3, 1943) (ddr-densho-65-265)
Selected article titles: "Students: Bodine to Visit Here" (p. 1), "JACL Civil Rights Fund Gets $947 From Bostonian" (p. 1), "Myer Gives Reasons For Selecting Tule Lake" (p. 1), "Farm: Harvesting Continues" (p. 1), "Construction On High School Nears Completion" (p. 1), "Relocation Prospects in Denver Area Reported" (p. 2), "Northern Colorado Also Out" (p. 2), …
Toyoko Okumura Interview (ddr-janm-13-6)
vh Toyoko Okumura Interview (ddr-janm-13-6)
Nisei female. Born October 14, 1916, in Gardena, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. In response to the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," transferred to Tule Lake segregation center with family, and expatriated to Japan. Worked in Japan for the U.S. government and …
Connie Thorson Chandler (ddr-densho-1000-159)
vh Connie Thorson Chandler (ddr-densho-1000-159)
White female. Born 1938 in Denver, Colorado. Father worked for the Bureau of Reclamation at the time WWII broke out, so family lived in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, in 1942. Mrs. Chandler was a child at the time, and attended elementary school in Minidoka. Moved to Twin Falls for junior high and high school years before …

Narrator Chiye Tomihiro

Nisei female. Born December 20, 1924, in Portland, Oregon. Incarcerated at the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled first in Denver, Colorado and later in Chicago, Illinois. Former witness chair for Chicago area hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) and former chairperson of the JACL Chicago …

Narrator George Oda

Nisei male. Born December 24, 1923, in Burbank, California. Grew up in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Left camp and worked for a time in Denver, Colorado, before eventually returning to the Los Angeles area to farm.

Narrator Margaret Junko Morita Hiratsuka

Nisei female. Born July 22, 1928, in Seattle, Washington. Father ran a prominent hotel which was frequently patronized by visiting Japanese dignitaries. Father was picked up by the FBI on December 7, 1941. During the war, removed with family to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, moved to …

Narrator Alfred "Al" Miyagishima

Nisei male. Born December 2, 1926, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Family operated grocery store prior to World War II. Moved to Stockton, California, due to father's illness. Removed to Stockton Assembly Center and Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. Resettled in Nebraska and finished high school. Drafted into the army in 1945, and joined family in Denver, Colorado, …

Narrator Eddie Owada

Nisei male. Born December 22, 1925, in Tacoma, Washington. Grew up primarily on Vashon Island, Washington. Removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and the Tule Lake concentration camp, Washington, later transferring to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Drafted into the army and served with the Military Intelligence Service. Worked for the U.S. Forest Service and eventually …
June Yasuno Aochi (Yamashiro) Berk Interview (ddr-densho-1000-453)
vh June Yasuno Aochi (Yamashiro) Berk Interview (ddr-densho-1000-453)
Nisei female. Born October 17, 1932, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, and was involved at an early age with traditional Japanese dancing and stage performance. During World War II, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. After leaving camp, family resettled in Denver, …

Narrator Mary Hamano

Nisei female. Born July 14, 1921, in San Gabriel, California. Spent childhood in Los Angeles where father operated a shoe repair business and grocery store. Family was removed to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and Amache concentration camp, Colorado. Resettled in Denver after the war and worked in several businesses in Japantown. Married in 1947 and …
Nobuko Miyake-Stoner Interview (ddr-densho-1000-242)
vh Nobuko Miyake-Stoner Interview (ddr-densho-1000-242)
Japanese female. Born Feburary 10, 1952, in Hiroshima, Japan. Descendant of survivors of the atomic bombing in 1945. Father was a kamikaze pilot during World War II who was unable to fulfill his mission due to the war's end. Nobuko attended the Hiroshima Jogakuin, a missionary school established for young women. Graduated with an M.A. in …
George Koshi Interview (ddr-densho-1008-1)
vh George Koshi Interview (ddr-densho-1008-1)
Kibei male. Born June 16, 1911, in Greeley, Colorado. Raised in Denver, Colorado, until the age of five. Sent to Japan for schooling in 1917 and returned to the U.S. at the age of seventeen. Continued his education to eventually become the first Nikkei attorney in the state of Colorado. Drafted into the U.S. Army in …
Tulean Dispatch Vol. 5 No. 23 (April 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-65-203)
doc Tulean Dispatch Vol. 5 No. 23 (April 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-65-203)
Selected article titles: "Northern Colorado, Denver Reaches Saturation Point" (p. 1), "Disposal Pits to be Dug For Clean-up Day" (p. 1), "Granada Adopts Ordinances" (p. 1), "Largest Group Leaves Project" (p. 1), "No Authority Yet to Freeze Farm Workers: Assurance Given By Choate" (p. 1), "Sunday Papers Now Sold at 29" (p. 1), "An Editorial: Let's …

Narrator Connie Thorson Chandler

White female. Born 1938 in Denver, Colorado. Father worked for the Bureau of Reclamation at the time WWII broke out, so family lived in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, in 1942. Mrs. Chandler was a child at the time, and attended elementary school in Minidoka. Moved to Twin Falls for junior high and high school years before …

Narrator Harry K. Yoshikawa

Nisei male. Born June 26, 1922, in Montebello, California. Grew up in California, spending a short time in Japan prior to World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, moved to Denver, Colorado, during the "voluntary evacuation" period designated by the U.S. government. Arrested after refusing to report for military service after being drafted. Tried …

Narrator Toyoko Okumura

Nisei female. Born October 14, 1916, in Gardena, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. In response to the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," transferred to Tule Lake segregation center with family, and expatriated to Japan. Worked in Japan for the U.S. government and …
T.K. Pharmacy Collection (ddr-densho-319)
Collection T.K. Pharmacy Collection (ddr-densho-319)
The T.K. Pharmacy Collection consists of letters, invoices, and other documents related to the daily business of a Japanese American owned and run pharmacy in Denver, Colorado during the 1940s. Many of the letters and orders come from Japanese and Japanese Americans incarcerated in the 10 WRA concentration camps. Requests range from sake to art supplies …
Peggy Yamato Mikuni Interview (ddr-densho-1000-379)
vh Peggy Yamato Mikuni Interview (ddr-densho-1000-379)
Sansei female. Born May 27, 1929, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. During World War II, removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Left camp for Denver, Colorado, and eventually returned to Los Angeles, California. Took over father's travel agency in Los Angeles.

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Letter to Yuri Domoto from Wakako Domoto (ddr-densho-356-165)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Wakako Domoto (ddr-densho-356-165)
Letter from Wakako Domoto to her sister Yuriko Domoto Tsukada. In which Wakako discusses a wide range of topics such as, her work as housekeeper for Colorado Governor Ralph Carr, gossip about local politics (such as why Governor Carr lost his election for Senate), the Carr family schedule and house guests, run-ins with other Japanese Americans …

Narrator Eddie M. Inaba

Nisei male. Born May 9, 1917, in Walnut Grove, California. Parents worked at Canal Ranch, an agricultural community, where they grew produce for Libby, McNeill & Libby. Parents also owned and ran a bar in Walnut Grove. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. …

Narrator George Koshi

Kibei male. Born June 16, 1911, in Greeley, Colorado. Raised in Denver, Colorado, until the age of five. Sent to Japan for schooling in 1917 and returned to the U.S. at the age of seventeen. Continued his education to eventually become the first Nikkei attorney in the state of Colorado. Drafted into the U.S. Army in …
Summary Notes on Segregation Conference of W.R.A. Officials (ddr-csujad-19-56)
doc Summary Notes on Segregation Conference of W.R.A. Officials (ddr-csujad-19-56)
The summary notes on the Segregation Conference of W.R.A. Officials, Colorado, July 26-27, 1943. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_02-12_01
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