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Sakaye Aratani Interview (ddr-densho-1000-442)
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Nisei female. Born December 11, 1919, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Gardena, where parents ran a chicken farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, moved temporarily to live with family in Reedley, California, then was removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. While on a visit to a different camp, Sakaye met her future …
Tosh Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-138)
vh Tosh Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-1000-138)
Nisei male. Born June 10, 1922, in Seattle, WA. Father was employed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as interpreter for twenty years, until he was separated from family on December 7, 1941, and interned as an enemy alien. Graduated 1941, Cleveland High School, and attended University of Washington before being removed from Seattle with …
Dale Minami Interview (ddr-densho-1000-141)
vh Dale Minami Interview (ddr-densho-1000-141)
Sansei male. Born in Los Angeles, California on October 13, 1946, and grew up in Gardena, California. Received B.A. in Political Science from University of Southern California, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1968. Received J.D., 1971, from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California. Mr. Minami was a co-founder of the …
Makoto Otsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-497)
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Nisei male. Born March 26, 1926, in Steveston, British Columbia, Canada. Grew up in Steveston, where father fished for a cannery. During World War II, the family was forced to leave Steveston and moved to the abandoned Minto Mine site in the Bridge River Valley of British Columbia. After staying for a few years, Makoto moved …
Julie Otsuka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-176)
vh Julie Otsuka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-176)
Sansei female. Born May 15, 1962, in Palo Alto, California. Mother was a Nisei who was incarcerated during World War II, and father was a Japanese immigrant who came to the United States in 1950. Grew up in Palo Alto, California, before studing art at Yale University. Later moved to New York, giving up art and …
Jimmy Naganuma Interview (ddr-densho-1000-480)
vh Jimmy Naganuma Interview (ddr-densho-1000-480)
Born May 23, 1936, in Callao, Peru. Spent early childhood in Peru, where parents ran a laundry business, and father was a prominent community leader. During World War II, the FBI arrested Jimmy's father and the entire family was placed on a ship and sent to the Department of Justice camp at Crystal City, Texas. After …
Yosh Nakagawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-172)
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-172)
Nisei male. Born December 27, 1932, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, and was in the third grade during mass removal to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington. Moved with family to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, before returning to Seattle to attend middle and high school. Found a lifelong job at Osborn & Ulland, a retail …
Min Tonai Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-354)
vh Min Tonai Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-354)
Nisei male. Born February 6, 1929, in San Pedro, California. Grew up on Terminal Island, California, where father ran several successful stores. During World War II, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. After leaving camp returned to California to attend school. Served in Korea and …
Kiyo Yoshimura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-344)
vh Kiyo Yoshimura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-344)
Nisei female. Born July 31, 1924, in Berkeley, California. Grew up in Richmond, California, where father worked for the Santa Fe railroad company. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Left camp for Chicago, Illinois. Remained in Chicago, becoming a social worker, and getting involved with …
Kazumu Naganuma Interview (ddr-densho-1000-482)
vh Kazumu Naganuma Interview (ddr-densho-1000-482)
Born July 28, 1942, in Callao, Peru. Before World War II, parents ran a laundry business and father was a prominent community leader. When Kazumu was still an infant, the FBI arrested his father and sent the entire family to the Department of Justice camp at Crystal City, Texas. After leaving camp, the family was not …
Satsuki Ina Interview (ddr-densho-1000-474)
vh Satsuki Ina Interview (ddr-densho-1000-474)
Sansei female. Born May 25, 1944, in the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Her parents, both Kibei, grew up in San Francisco, California. During World War II, they were incarcerated at the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. They signed "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," renounced their U.S. citizenship, and were transferred to Tule Lake when it …
Susumu Nakanishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-496)
vh Susumu Nakanishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-496)
Shin-Issei male. Born September 10, 1926, in Hyogo, Japan. Grew up in Japan, where parents farmed. During World War II, exempted from the draft due to higher education status. Attended Doshisha University in Kyoto, learning English from an influential missionary. Moved to the United States and attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, then studied at the University …
Emi Somekawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-378)
vh Emi Somekawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-378)
Nisei female. Born May 10, 1918, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the small town of Brooks, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. Prior to World War II, became a nurse, married, and had a child. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and worked …
Masamizu Kitajima Interview (ddr-densho-1000-287)
vh Masamizu Kitajima Interview (ddr-densho-1000-287)
Nisei male. Born August 1, 1933, in Ookala, Hawaii. At a young age, sent to Japan to live with grandfather and begin ministry training, but returned to the U.S. just before the onset of World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father, a prominent Buddhist minister, was picked up and arrested by the FBI. …
Fred Matsumura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-46)
vh Fred Matsumura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-46)
Nisei male, born April 14, 1923, on the Island of Molokai, Hawaii. Volunteered for military service after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Unit as a Sergeant and Assistant Squad Leader. Later, he and three others in his unit had their rank reduced to Private after being court-martialed for alleged involvement …
Sam Araki Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-402)
vh Sam Araki Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-402)
Nisei male. Born July 12, 1931, in Saratoga, California. Grew up in Saratoga, where father worked as a gardener on a large estate. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father moved the family inland to Reedley in an attempt to avoid mass removal. Eventually removed to Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving camp, returned to California …
Gordon Hirabayashi Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-17)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-17)
Nisei male. Born April 23, 1918, in Seattle, Washington. Spent most of his childhood in Thomas, Washington, where his parents were part of a Christian farming co-op. Attended the University of Washington where he was active in the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), the conscientious objector movement, and became a Quaker. At the outbreak of World …
Toshiko Hayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-492)
vh Toshiko Hayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-492)
Nisei female. Born April 14, 1925, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Beaverton, Oregon, where parents farmed and sold produce at a nearby market. During World War II, family moved to Ontario, Oregon, to avoid mass removal, and worked for a white farmer. Toshiko attended Boise State University in Idaho and then moved to Seattle after …
Shoichi Kobara Interview (ddr-densho-1015-8)
vh Shoichi Kobara Interview (ddr-densho-1015-8)
Nisei male. Born April 23, 1922, in Watsonville, California. Grew up in Watsonville until age six, then family moved to Salinas. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving camp, lived and worked in Utah for a time before serving in Japan in the …
Mas Hashimoto Interview (ddr-densho-1015-7)
vh Mas Hashimoto Interview (ddr-densho-1015-7)
Nisei male. Born September 15, 1935, in Watsonville, California. Grew up in Watsonville before being removed to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Following World War II, returned with family to Watsonville and finished school. Became a teacher of U.S. History at Watsonville High School.
Jiro Sugidono Interview (ddr-densho-1015-2)
vh Jiro Sugidono Interview (ddr-densho-1015-2)
Nisei male. Born October 25, 1923, in Watsonville, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Volunteered for the military out of Poston, and joined the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe as a replacement troop. Following military service, returned to Watsonville.
Yoshimi Matsuura Interview (ddr-densho-1014-6)
vh Yoshimi Matsuura Interview (ddr-densho-1014-6)
Nisei male. Born May 3, 1918, in Fowler, California. Grew up in Fowler, eventually running family's farm prior to World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, married and was removed to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. Left camp for Minneapolis, Minnesota, to join the National Youth Administration (NYA) for training. Upon arrival, was …
Densho eNews, August 2008 (ddr-densho-431-23)
doc Densho eNews, August 2008 (ddr-densho-431-23)
Article titles: "From the Director," "From the Archive: An Extraordinary Citizen: Aiko Yoshinaga Herzig," "Densho News: Teacher Resources: New Lesson on CD and Online," "2008 Sushi & Sake Fest," "Densho on the Road and in the News," "Recommended Resource: Preserving California's Japantowns."
Rose Ito Tsunekawa Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-13)
vh Rose Ito Tsunekawa Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-13)
Nisei female. Born July 9, 1930, in Salinas, California. Grew up in Salinas, where father ran a successful farm. In 1941, moved with family to Japan. Remained in Japan during World War II and worked as an interpreter. After the war, returned to the United States and presently lives in California.
Lily C. Hioki Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-10)
vh Lily C. Hioki Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-10)
Nisei female. Born July 3, 1925, in San Jose, California. Moved with family frequently as a child before returning to San Jose for high school. In 1942, family decided to avoid incarceration by moving to Utah, and joined an automobile caravan of several families from San Jose. Lived and worked in Utah during the war primarily …
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