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Narrator Toshi Nagamori Ito

Nisei female. Born September 19, 1924, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles where father worked in Little Tokyo. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Soon after arriving in Heart Mountain, was able to leave camp to attend National College in …

Narrator Kunio Otani

Nisei male. Born July 1921 in Seattle, Washington. Raised in Raymond, Washington. Incarcerated at Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming; he worked on the staff of both camp newspapers, the Tulean Dispatch and the Heart Mountain Sentinel, respectively. Resettled in Seattle after the war and entered the greenhouse business. He owned …
Sam Horino Interview (ddr-densho-122-6)
vh Sam Horino Interview (ddr-densho-122-6)
Nisei male. Born July 17, 1914, in Gardena, California. Passively resisted "evacuation" in 1942, forcing two soldiers to carry him out of his home. Incarcerated at Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, and became one of the steering committee leaders of the Fair Play Committee (FPC). Was tried along with the other FPC leaders and was convicted …

Narrator Donald Yamamoto

Nisei male. Born 1930 in San Jose, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. After leaving camp, returned to California.

Narrator Nobu Shimokochi

Nisei male. Born in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. After leaving camp eventually returned to California.
Mits Koshiyama Interview (ddr-densho-122-10)
vh Mits Koshiyama Interview (ddr-densho-122-10)
Nisei male. Born August 7, 1924, in Mountain View, California. Grew up in the Santa Clara Valley, California, working on his family's leased strawberry farm. In June of 1942, he was involuntarily "evacuated" to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, then to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Graduated from high school in camp and at the age …
Frank Emi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-9-3)
vh Frank Emi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-9-3)
First impressions of Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming: a "miserable sight"

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 interviews in this collection are typically not life …

Miyuki Yasui Interview (ddr-one-7-28)
vh Miyuki Yasui Interview (ddr-one-7-28)
Nisei female. Born September 18, 1926, in South Pasadena, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Attended college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after leaving camp. Eventually married and moved to Portland, Oregon.

(This material is based upon work …

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vh Shizuko "Suzie" Sakai Interview (ddr-one-7-4)
Nisei female. Born April 14, 1922, in Yakima, Washington, and grew up in Central Washington state. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Left camp to attend college in Kansas and North Carolina. Eventually returned to the West Coast.

(This material is based upon work …

James O. Ito Interview (ddr-densho-1000-308)
vh James O. Ito Interview (ddr-densho-1000-308)
Nisei male. Born August 10, 1914, in Riverside, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, California. Graduated from college before World War II. During the war, removed to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Was a key person heading Heart Mountain's agricultural program. Served in the Military Intelligence Service in Korea. …

Narrator Judy Murakami

Sansei female. Born June 18, 1940, in Portland, Oregon, where father was a prominent pharmacist. As an infant, removed with family to the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. After leaving camp, family resettled in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Frank Emi Interview II (ddr-densho-122-20)
vh Frank Emi Interview II (ddr-densho-122-20)
Nisei male. Born September 23, 1916, in Los Angeles, California. Attended Los Angeles City College for one year before leaving to run the family produce business. Married and had a daughter before being removed to Pomona Assembly Center, California, and Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. The leader of Heart Mountain's Fair Play Committee, was convicted of …
Frank Emi Interview I (ddr-densho-122-5)
vh Frank Emi Interview I (ddr-densho-122-5)
Nisei male. Born September 23, 1916, in Los Angeles, California. Attended Los Angeles City College for one year before leaving to run the family produce business. Married and had a daughter before being removed to Pomona Assembly Center, California, and Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. The leader of Heart Mountain's Fair Play Committee, was convicted of …

Narrator Bill Hiroshi Shishima

Nisei male. Born December 24, 1930, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in California where parents ran a successful grocery store business. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. While in Heart Mountain, became involved in Boy Scouts activities. Left camp and returned to …

Narrator Rick Sato

Nisei male. Born 1920 in Wapato, Washington. Family farmed in Yakima Valley, Washington, before the war. Incarcerated at the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Served briefly in the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). Resettled in Wapato, Washington.

Narrator Art Okuno

Nisei male. Born September 15, 1921, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, and was attending the University of California at Berkeley when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed with family to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. While in Heart Mountain, served as scoutmaster …
Kazue Yamamoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-197)
vh Kazue Yamamoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-197)
Nisei female. Born January 14, 1927, in Wapato, Washington, where family operated a truck farm. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to North Portland Assembly Center and Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Family left camp in 1945 for Spokane, Washington. Worked as a domestic on Spokane's South Hill before becoming a licensed beautician. Married husband …

Narrator James O. Ito

Nisei male. Born August 10, 1914, in Riverside, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, California. Graduated from college before World War II. During the war, removed to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Was a key person heading Heart Mountain's agricultural program. Served in the Military Intelligence Service in Korea.
Perry Dobashi Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-3)
vh Perry Dobashi Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-3)
Sansei male. Born in 1938 in San Jose, California. Raised in San Jose, where parents and grandparents owned a store in Japantown. Removed to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and then to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Returned to San Jose after the war, where family reestablished their business, the Dobashi Market. Mr. Dobashi eventually took …
George Hanada Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-5)
vh George Hanada Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-5)
Nisei male. Born 1924 in Penryn, California. Spent most of childhood in San Jose, California, before being removed to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Served in the military at the end of World War II before returning to California. Opened owned business, George's Service Center, in San Jose's Japantown following …
Norman Mineta Interview (ddr-janm-13-3)
vh Norman Mineta Interview (ddr-janm-13-3)
Nisei male. Born November 12, 1931, in San Jose, California. During World War II, removed to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, and served in the military as an intelligence officer in Japan and Korea. Served on the San Jose City Council from 1967 to 1971, and as mayor …
Kazuo Shiroyama Interview (ddr-densho-1011-6)
vh Kazuo Shiroyama Interview (ddr-densho-1011-6)
Nisei male. Born 1930 in Monterey, California. Grew up in the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles, where father was a fisherman. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Returned to Los Angeles after the war.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a …

Narrator Ted Hamachi

Nisei male. Born May 26, 1927, in San Gabriel, California. Grew up in the Covina area of California, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, was removed to the Pomona Assembly Center and Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. After leaving camp, returned to California.
Takashi Hoshizaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-290)
vh Takashi Hoshizaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-290)
Nisei male. Born October 3, 1923, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, where parents owned and operated a produce store. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. While in Heart Mountain, decided to resist the draft, and attended meetings of …

Narrator Jack Y. Kunitomi

Nisei male. Born October 10, 1915, in California. Married prior to mass removal, and was sent to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Transferred to the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, and worked on the camp newspaper. Drafted into the army and served with the Military Intelligence Service in the Philippines and occupied Japan.
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