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George Kazuharu Naganuma Interview (ddr-densho-1000-481)
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Born August 20, 1938, in Lima, Peru. Parents ran a laundry business and father was a prominent community leader. During World War II, the FBI arrested George's father and the entire family was placed on a ship and sent to the Department of Justice camp at Crystal City, Texas. After leaving camp, the family was not …
Norman I. Hirose Interview (ddr-densho-1013-7)
vh Norman I. Hirose Interview (ddr-densho-1013-7)
Nisei male. Born June 22, 1926, in Oakland, California. Grew up in Oakland and Berkeley, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Signed "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" in 1943 because of mother's wish to have the family move to Japan. …
Fred Oda Interview (ddr-densho-1015-9)
vh Fred Oda Interview (ddr-densho-1015-9)
Nisei male. Born September 2, 1923, in Watsonville, California. Grew up in Watsonville, where parents operated a joint barbershop and bathhouse business. During World War II, removed to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving camp, worked in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before returning to Watsonville. Attended barber school in San Francisco, …
John Tateishi Interview (ddr-janm-13-4)
vh John Tateishi Interview (ddr-janm-13-4)
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.
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 …
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 …
Warren Koichi Suzuki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-410)
vh Warren Koichi Suzuki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-410)
Nisei male. Born February 27, 1921, in Seattle, Washington. At age ten, was sent to Japan to live and attend school. Returned to Seattle prior to World War II. During the war, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Answered "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" and was transferred …
Tetsushi Marvin Uratsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-338)
vh Tetsushi Marvin Uratsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-338)
Nisei male. Born February 7, 1925, in Sacramento, California. At a very young age, sent to Japan for several years. Returned at age six and lived with family in Loomis, California. During World War II, removed to the Arboga Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Transferred briefly to the Amache concentration camp, …
Michiko Frances Chikahisa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-347)
vh Michiko Frances Chikahisa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-347)
Nisei female. Born January 9, 1929, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles where father ran a successful produce business. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. After leaving camp, returned to Los Angeles and attended college, eventually earning a master's degree in …
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vh James "Turk" Suzuki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-204)
Nisei male. Born October 17, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, Washington, before being incarcerated in the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Volunteered in the 442nd Regimental Combat team out of camp, and eventually returned to Seattle after World War II.
Florence Ohmura Dobashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-434)
vh Florence Ohmura Dobashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-434)
Nisei female. Born October 1927 in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in several cities in California where father was a minister, but was living in Riverside, California, when World War II broke out. During the war, removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Left camp to finish high school in Ohio, then attended UC Berkeley and …
Richard Iwao Hidaka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-345)
vh Richard Iwao Hidaka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-345)
Nisei male. Born April 11, 1928, in Modesto, California. Grew up in Modesto, where parents ran a laundry business and then a farm. During World War II, removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. After leaving camp, finished school in Chicago, Illinois, and served in the National Guard. Remained …
Frank Saburo Sato Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-445)
vh Frank Saburo Sato Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-445)
Nisei male. Born March 16, 1929, in Puyallup, Washington. Grew up in the Sumner, Washington, area, where parents had a produce business. During World War II, removed with family to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After the war, attended the University of Washington and the University of Southern California. Established …
Hitoshi H. Kajihara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-30)
vh Hitoshi H. Kajihara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-30)
Nisei male. Born March 12, 1928. Incarcerated at Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Served as fundraising chair for the Japanese American Citizens League's Legislative Education Committee from 1984 to 1985 and raised over half a million dollars for the redress effort. Became president of the National JACL in 1986.

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James A. Nakano Interview (ddr-densho-1000-245)
vh James A. Nakano Interview (ddr-densho-1000-245)
Nisei male. Born November 12, 1933, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Grew up in Honolulu, and was nine years old when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Father was arrested by the FBI, and family went to the concentration camp at Jerome, Arkansas, to reunite with him. Transferred to Tule Lake, California, following the so-called "loyalty questionnaire." After the war, …
Mae Iseri Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-267)
vh Mae Iseri Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-267)
Nisei female. Born August 22, 1918, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in Thomas, where parents ran a grocery store and farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Married in camp, and went to work in Weiser, Idaho, and Ontario, Oregon. After the war, returned …
David R. Boyd - Marietta Boyd Gruner Interview (ddr-densho-1000-419)
vh David R. Boyd - Marietta Boyd Gruner Interview (ddr-densho-1000-419)
This interview was conducted with siblings David R. Boyd and Marietta Boyd Gruner, children of Gene Boyd, who worked for the Seattle Parks Department. Gene Boyd was the athletic director for the Collins Field House, and had a close relationship with members of the Japanese American community in Seattle. Notably, during World War II, Gene Boyd …
Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview (ddr-densho-1000-273)
vh Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview (ddr-densho-1000-273)
Nisei female. Born July 27, 1922, in Wapato, Washington. Grew up in Wapato, where family ran a farm. Was attending the University of Washington when the war broke out on December 7, 1941. Removed with family to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. While in camp, worked for the recreation …
Frank Saburo Sato Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-446)
vh Frank Saburo Sato Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-446)
Nisei male. Born March 16, 1929, in Puyallup, Washington. Grew up in the Sumner, Washington, area, where parents had a produce business. During World War II, removed with family to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After the war, attended the University of Washington and the University of Southern California. Established …
Nancy K. Araki Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-305)
vh Nancy K. Araki Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-305)
Sansei female. Born October 16, 1937, in San Francisco, California. During World War II, removed to the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. Family briefly left camp for Utah before voluntarily entering the Topaz concentration camp, Utah, when mother was pregnant. After leaving camp, returned to San Francisco and resumed elementary school.

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Thomas T. Kobayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-238)
vh Thomas T. Kobayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-238)
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 …
Molly K. Maeda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-420)
vh Molly K. Maeda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-420)
Nisei female. Born November 23, 1919, in Dee, Oregon. Grew up in Dee, where parents had a farm. Finished college before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, lived for a time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before returning to …
Marian A. Ohashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-351)
vh Marian A. Ohashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-351)
Nisei female. Born July 16, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, where parents ran a dry cleaning business. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, returned to Seattle while still a high school student.
Robert T. Ohashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-350)
vh Robert T. Ohashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-350)
Nisei male. Born July 24, 1925, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Grew up in Ketchikan, where parents ran a store. During World War II, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, went with family to work for a time in Idaho before eventually returning to Ketchikan.

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Ruth Y. Okimoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-331)
vh Ruth Y. Okimoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-331)
Nisei female. Born April 15, 1936, in Tokyo, Japan. Brought to the United States with parents at the age of one, and grew up in San Diego, California, where father was a minister. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After the war, forged connections …
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