vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-168)
Nisei female. Born 1913 in Seattle, Washington. Spent childhood in Seattle before moving to Chicago, Illinois, for three years to study music. Taught music in Japan for four years before returning to Seattle. After the outbreak of World War II, removed to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp with husband for …
Collection Mae Hara Collection (ddr-densho-308)
The Mae Hara Collection is comprised of photographs and documents from the personal family collection of Mae Hara, a Japanese American who was interview by Densho in 2004. The photos depict Mae's prewar life in Seattle, Washington. The documents concern her family's Oyster business pre-war, relocation to Minidoka, and post war life.
img Hara wedding (ddr-densho-308-6)
Mae (Kanazawa) Hara returned to Seattle, Washington from teaching music in Japan in the spring of 1939. While Hara had been abroad, her parents had arranged a marriage between her and a childhood friend, Iwao Hara. They were married on October 19, 1939.
img Mae Hara and Rae Yoshioka at World's Fair (ddr-densho-308-5)
Mae (Kanazawa) Hara spent three years (1932-1935) in Chicago to attend college and study music. During the summer of 1933, Chicago hosted the World's Fair. Hara and her cousin, Rae Yoshioka, worked at the Japanese Pavilion. During the opening ceremonies both girls wore kimonos and served as ushers. Hara also sang in a 5,000 voice choir …
doc White House war reparation letter (ddr-densho-308-8)
When Mae Hara received her reparation letter and check, she said she was stunned. She used the money received from the government to buy a new echo organ for her church in Madison, Wisconsin. Hara dedicated the donation to the memory of her parents, Kinmatsu and Chiyoko Kanazawa.
doc Certificate of Nationality (ddr-densho-308-9)
Chiyoko Kanazawa's certificate of nationality. Kanazawa's daughter, Mae (Kanazawa) Hara recalled that her mother immigrated to Seattle, Washington in 1912. She was a gifted sewer and flower arranger. Even near the end of her life when she came to live with Hara, she would spend the mornings arranging flowers cut from the garden.
doc Citizen's Indefinite Leave Card (ddr-densho-308-2)
Mae Hara's Indefinite Leave Card allowed her to leave Minidoka concentration camp and move to Chicago, Illinois with her husband, Iwao. While in Chicago she worked with the American Friends Field Service as a Social Worker.
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-168-4)
Seizing an opportunity to study music in Chicago for three years
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-168-2)
Mother's background in Japan
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-168-1)
Family background: father a fishery scientist
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-168-14)
Leaving camp for Chicago, receiving help from contacts on the outside
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-168-21)
Active involvement in church music program; singing in the church choir
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-168-6)
Continuing musical training in Japan teaching at a mission school
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-168-22)
Receiving redress check and apology: donating an organ to church in memory of parents
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-168-17)
Observing Japanese Americans who settled in Madison, Wisconsin, after World War II
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-168-20)
Reuniting with parents in Madison, Wisconsin
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-168-12)
Memories of Puyallup Assembly Center: deciding to "make the most of it and make it as pleasant as we know how"
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-168-3)
Memories of childhood: influence of church, musical background
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-168-9)
Hearing the news of Pearl Harbor bombing while in church choir rehearsal