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Richard Konda Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-8)
vh Richard Konda Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-8)
Sansei male. Born February 27, 1951, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco and attended UC Berkeley. Went to law school at Santa Clara and became involved in Asian law student groups and the Asian Law Alliance. Continued community work after law school and was involved in founding the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee in San …
PJ Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-314)
vh PJ Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-314)
Sansei female. Born May 18, 1950, in San Rafael, California. Grew up in San Rafael, eventually attending California State University, Hayward, and University of California, Berkeley. Earned a master's degree from San Jose State University. Involved in civil rights and Asian American issues while in school. Along with husband, Roy Hirabayashi, founded San Jose Taiko.
Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-135)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-135)
Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct their own family history interviews. Individually and jointly, they and other family members had written and gathered material documenting their family history. They shared much of this with me to assist with research and preparation for the Densho interview. Mitsuye's daughter Jeni had coordinated …
Paul Takagi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-327)
vh Paul Takagi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-327)
Nisei male. Born May 3, 1923, in Auburn, California. Grew up in the Sacramento Valley, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Worked as a hospital orderly in camp. Forced to sit with a young man who had been shot during the "Manzanar Riot," and quit job …
Roy M. Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-313)
vh Roy M. Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-313)
Sansei male. Born January 1, 1951, in Berkeley, California. Grew up in Oakland, and got involved with music at an early age. Attended Cal State Hayward and San Jose State during the Civil Rights Movement. Got involved with civil rights and Asian American issues. Along with wife, PJ Hirabayashi, founded the prominent group San Jose Taiko.
Dorothy Michiko Ishimatsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-398)
vh Dorothy Michiko Ishimatsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-398)
Nisei female. Born June 17, 1927, in Mayfield, California. Grew up in the Mountain View area, where family ran a berry farm. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, family decided to move to Utah to avoid mass removal. Attended high school in Utah before returning to California to enroll in San Jose State University. Remained in San …
Jack Y. Kubota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-409)
vh Jack Y. Kubota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-409)
Nisei male. Born May 4, 1929. Born in Pasadena, California. Grew up El Centro, California, where father was a truck farmer. During World War II, removed with family to the Poston (Colorado River) concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving camp, lived for a time in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and joined the navy. Graduated from college in San …
Nancy K. Araki Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-357)
vh Nancy K. Araki Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-357)
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.

(This material is based upon …

Mary Schroeder Interview (ddr-densho-1000-387)
vh Mary Schroeder Interview (ddr-densho-1000-387)
White female. Born December 4, 1940, in Boulder, Colorado. Senior Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In Gordon Hirabayashi's 1983 coram nobis case, Judge Schroeder authored the opinion which vacated both Hirabayashi's curfew and exclusion convictions on proof of the allegations of governmental misconduct.
Floyd Shimomura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-466)
vh Floyd Shimomura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-466)
Sansei male. Born March 13, 1948, in Winters, California. Grew up in the Winters area where parents worked on a farm they had run before World War II, when they were incarcerated at the Amache concentration camp, Colorado. Graduated from UC Davis School of Law, and worked in various capacities for the State of California. Elected …
Fred Shiosaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-190)
vh Fred Shiosaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-190)
Nisei male. Born August 23, 1924 in the area of Spokane, Washington, known as Hillyard. Grew up in a multi-ethnic Hillyard area where his parents owned the Hillyard Laundry. When World War II began, was a senior at Rogers High School. Went on to attend Gonzaga University and then volunteered for military service, joining the 442nd …
Lon Inaba Interview (ddr-densho-1000-537)
vh Lon Inaba Interview (ddr-densho-1000-537)
Sansei male. Born September 15, 1955, in Yakima, Washington. Grew up in the Yakima area, where several generations of family members had run a farm since before World War II. Prior to the war, since Japanese immigrants were barred from purchasing land, Lon's grandfather and great-grandfather had leased land from the Yakama Indian tribe. After they …
Grant Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-183)
vh Grant Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-183)
Kibei male. Born November 9, 1919, in Thomas, Washington. Went to Japan at age twelve, attended school, and returned to the U.S. as a high school student. Enlisted in the army just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and was eventually recruited for the Military Intelligence Service. Selected as one of fourteen Japanese Americans to …
Ehren Watada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-200)
vh Ehren Watada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-200)
Male of Japanese and Chinese American descent. Born 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Graduated from Hawaii Pacific University in 2003, and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Received his officer's commission, and served in Korea in 2004 and 2005. While stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington, in 2006, asked for permission to resign his commission based on his understanding …
Sadaichi Kubota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-40)
vh Sadaichi Kubota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-40)
Nisei male. Born March, 1921 in Hilo, Hawaii. Was a lieutenant in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Instrumental in clearing the court-martial conviction of Shiro Kashino, a member of his unit.

(This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the full conference schedule, interviews …

Mas Akiyama (ddr-densho-1000-188)
vh Mas Akiyama (ddr-densho-1000-188)
Nisei male. Born May 19, 1917, in Eastport, Idaho, and spent childhood in Spokane, Washington. In 1933 traveled to Japan with family where father became ill and died. Attended school in Japan for three years and then returned to Spokane in 1936 and worked on a farm. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, volunteered for military …
Tosh Tokunaga Interview (ddr-densho-1000-241)
vh Tosh Tokunaga Interview (ddr-densho-1000-241)
Nisei male. Born January 2, 1925, in Selleck, Washington. Grew up in the Selleck logging camp before moving with family to Seattle, Washington, for high school. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Volunteered for the military as a paratrooper, and served in Europe. Eventually returned to …
Roger Daniels Interview III (ddr-densho-1000-416)
vh Roger Daniels Interview III (ddr-densho-1000-416)
Caucasian male. Born December 1, 1927, in New York City, New York. Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cincinnati. Served as a consultant to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians from 1981 to 1983. Has researched and written numerous books about the Japanese American experience, including Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese …
Shiz Inaba Interview (ddr-densho-1000-538)
vh Shiz Inaba Interview (ddr-densho-1000-538)
Nisei female. Born September 19, 1929, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, returned to Oregon and parents ran a hotel business in Portland. Went to business school and worked …
Henry Shimizu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-198)
vh Henry Shimizu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-198)
Nisei male. Born November 26, 1928, in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. Grew up in Prince Rupert, and was removed with other Japanese Canadians to Hastings Park, Vancouver, Canada, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Moved to the New Denver incarceration camp and then resettled in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with his family. Studied and practiced medicine …
James Yamazaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-175)
vh James Yamazaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-175)
Nisei male. Born July 6, 1916. Grew up in the Los Angeles area, where father was a Buddhist minister. Attended medical school before World War II. During the war, served in the U.S. Army as a doctor with the 106th Infantry Division in Europe. Captured during the Battle of the Bulge and was held in several …
Paul Yempuku Interview (ddr-densho-1000-247)
vh Paul Yempuku Interview (ddr-densho-1000-247)
Kibei male. Born January 5, 1927, in Kahuku, Hawaii. Moved to Japan with family at age six, and attended school in Japan. Worked in a naval base in Japan during World War II, taking part in air raids and bombings by U.S. forces. Attended college in Japan before returning to Hawaii after the war. Worked for …
Izumi Hirano Interview (ddr-densho-1000-317)
vh Izumi Hirano Interview (ddr-densho-1000-317)
Kibei male. Born February 25, 1929, in Hilo, Hawaii. At the age of four, moved to Japan, where family operated a farm. Attended school in Japan during World War II. Was in school in Hiroshima when the United States dropped the atomic bomb in 1945. Survived the bombing along with mother and brother. In 1949, returned …
Atsumi Ozawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-348)
vh Atsumi Ozawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-348)
Nisei female. Born May 25, 1928, in Huancayo, Peru. Grew up in Huancayo, where father ran a successful store. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father went into hiding in an attempt to avoid being picked up by the Peruvian government. He was eventually found and picked up, and was reunited with family on the ship …
Roger Daniels Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-415)
vh Roger Daniels Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-415)
Caucasian male. Born December 1, 1927, in New York City, New York. Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cincinnati. Served as a consultant to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians from 1981 to 1983. Has researched and written numerous books about the Japanese American experience, including Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese …
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