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Takeko Yokoyama Todo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-430)
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Nisei female. Born April 3, 1927, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where father was a truck driver and mother was a Japanese language school teacher. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp to finish high school in Ohio and work as a …
Janice Mirikitani Interview (ddr-densho-1000-435)
vh Janice Mirikitani Interview (ddr-densho-1000-435)
Sansei female. Born February 1941, in Stockton, California. As an infant, she was incarcerated with her family at the Rohwer, Arkansas, concentration camp during World War II. After leaving camp, she grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and Petaluma, California, where she endured an unstable home life and years of abuse. During the 1960s and '70s, she …
Ramsay Yosuke Mori Interview (ddr-densho-1000-316)
vh Ramsay Yosuke Mori Interview (ddr-densho-1000-316)
Nisei male. Born February 23, 1933, in Tokyo, Japan. Moved with parents to Hawaii at a young age, and grew up in Honolulu, where family held a prominent position in the community. Just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, parents received a phone call from Japan, which was tapped by the FBI. The U.S. government …
Henry Miyatake Interview V (ddr-densho-1000-57)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview V (ddr-densho-1000-57)
Nisei male. Born April 28, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, "independent thinker," and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the …
Minoru
vh Minoru "Min" Tsubota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-149)
Nisei male. Born December 1, 1918, in Kent, Washington. Became interested in music in junior high school, and played in various music groups. Upon graduating from high school, worked for a manufacturing plant, and then volunteered for the army. Separated from unit along with other Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and eventually served …
Kazie Good Interview (ddr-densho-1000-429)
vh Kazie Good Interview (ddr-densho-1000-429)
Nisei female. Born May 6, 1925, in Sacramento, California. During World War II, sent with family to the Sacramento Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Due to father's refusal to answer the so-called "loyalty questions" in 1943, the family remained in Tule Lake when it was turned into a segregation center. Subject …
Lucius Horiuchi Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-230)
vh Lucius Horiuchi Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-230)
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.
Henry Miyatake Interview III (ddr-densho-1000-55)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview III (ddr-densho-1000-55)
Nisei male. Born April 28, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, "independent thinker," and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the …
Cedrick M. Shimo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-260)
vh Cedrick M. Shimo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-260)
Nisei male. Born October 1, 1919, in Heber, California, in the Imperial Valley. Grew up in Boyle Heights. Received draft notice one day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and joined the Military Intelligence Service. After being denied furlough to visit his mother in Manzanar concentration camp, refused to serve overseas with his unit. Was placed …
Michael J. Forrester Interview (ddr-densho-1000-438)
vh Michael J. Forrester Interview (ddr-densho-1000-438)
White male. Born 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. Grew up in New York, where father was a mechanic. After World War II, enlisted in the Air Force and was sent serve in Japan. While there, met future wife, got married and returned to the U.S. Established a successful career with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-294)
vh Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-294)
Nisei male. Born October 12, 1928, in Florin, California, a small community outside of Sacramento, California. Lost father at an early age, and was raised primarily by older brother. During World War II, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. While in camp, snuck out of camp to spend time in the surrounding hillside. …
Lucius Horiuchi Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-202)
vh Lucius Horiuchi Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-202)
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.
Henry Miyatake Interview VI (ddr-densho-1000-58)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview VI (ddr-densho-1000-58)
Nisei male. Born April 28, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, "independent thinker," and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the …
Roy Ebihara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-222)
vh Roy Ebihara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-222)
Nisei male. Born January 11, 1934, in Clovis, New Mexico, where father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. On January 19, 1942, officials rounded up all of the Japanese Americans in Clovis and removed them from the town without warning in the middle of the night in response to an angry mob of townspeople who were …
Toshikazu
vh Toshikazu "Tosh" Okamoto II (ddr-densho-1000-248)
Nisei male. Born October 8, 1926, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Renton, Washington, where father operated a farm. During World War II, was removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Briefly transferred to the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Drafted into the army and served in Italy as a replacement …
Frank Muramatsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-431)
vh Frank Muramatsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-431)
Nisei male. Born May 29, 1926, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the Portland area, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp to attend college in Des Moines, Iowa, and was drafted into the military. After military service, finished …
Kaz T. Tanemura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-268)
vh Kaz T. Tanemura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-268)
Male, Issei-han. Born April 27, 1928, in Japan. As an infant, came to the U.S. where parents had previously immigrated. Family ran a hotel in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After the war, returned to Seattle, finished high …
John Tateishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-469)
vh John Tateishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-469)
Nisei male. Born August 21,1939, in Lawndale, California. Served as National Redress Director of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was involved in the movement to obtain redress and reparations for Japanese Americans. Founded Tateishi/Shinoda and Associates, a management and public affairs consulting firm. In 1999, became the National Executive Director of the JACL.
Betty Tanakatsubo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-343)
vh Betty Tanakatsubo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-343)
Nisei female. Born June 15, 1925, in Sacramento, California. During World War II, removed to the Sacramento Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Transferred to the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. Left camp for Cleveland, Ohio, and worked for the War Relocation Authority. Eventually settled in Chicago, Illinois.

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Donald K. Tamaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-234)
vh Donald K. Tamaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-234)
Sansei male. Born May 26, 1951, in Oakland, California. Received law degree from UC Berkeley. In the 1980s, served as a member of the pro bono legal team for Korematsu v. United States, a lawsuit to overturn a 40 year old conviction for refusal to obey exclusion orders aimed at Japanese Americans during World War …
Joe Ishikawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-205)
vh Joe Ishikawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-205)
Nisei male. Born July 29, 1919, in Los Angeles, California. Went to live in Japan as a college student, returning just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Granada concentration camp, Colorado, before leaving to attend the University of Nebraska. Worked as a curator in the …
Jimmie S. Matsuda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-311)
vh Jimmie S. Matsuda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-311)
Nisei male. Born June 16, 1927, in Hood River, Oregon. Grew up in Hood River, where parents ran a farm. At the age of thirteen, went to Japan with family for a vacation and ended up staying there. Attended school in Japan and then was trained in the Japanese air force as a kamikaze pilot. Instead …
Frank H. Hirata Interview (ddr-densho-1000-271)
vh Frank H. Hirata Interview (ddr-densho-1000-271)
Kibei-Nisei male. Born November 19, 1925, in Spokane, Washington. At the age of ten, went to Japan with grandfather. During World War II, was conscripted into the Japanese army, and was still in training when the war ended. After the war, continued education, graduating from Kyoto University with a law degree. Got married in 1957 and …
Kay Uno Kaneko Interview (ddr-densho-1000-282)
vh Kay Uno Kaneko Interview (ddr-densho-1000-282)
Nisei female. Born October 7, 1932, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, age nine when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. During World War II, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. Transferred to the Crystal City internment camp, Texas, so family could …
Henry Miyatake Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-54)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-54)
Nisei male. Born April 28, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, "independent thinker," and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the …
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