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Narrator Mitsu Fukui

Nisei female. Born 1911 in Seattle, Washington. Had a younger sister and three younger brothers. Father, Riichiro Fukano, employed by Oriental Trading Company as a bookkeeper in Seattle, before operating a dry cleaning business. Mother, Kiyono (Miyama) Fukano, a seamstress. Learned dressmaking from mother, and helped in the shop. Family lived upstairs above the shop, in …
George Naohara's handwritten annotations (ddr-csujad-38-2)
doc George Naohara's handwritten annotations (ddr-csujad-38-2)
English translations of handwritten annotations from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 4: [Left] Several meetings were held in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California, prior to moving to the Manzanar incarceration camp in California. I attended those meetings. What was announced was that all Japanese Americans residing in California and the West Coast should move to …
Photograph and article (ddr-njpa-4-2)
img Photograph and article (ddr-njpa-4-2)
Caption on reverse [translation]: "The Man Who Shoulders Our Cotton Industry - Fusajiro Abe. The textiles Industry in the nation faces challenging era. Recent trade talks including Shimura meeting and Japan and Dutch East Indies meetings have been focusing on extremely low and exclusion of our cotton products. Serving as the director of the two textiles …

Narrator Ben Uyeno

Nisei male. Born November 30, 1918, in Yakima, Washington. Spent two years of childhood in Japan. Returned to Seattle and became an active participant in Japanese American community life. Was attending the University of Washington when World War II started. Avoided incarceration with the help of the Friends (a Quaker organization), which hid him and helped …
My future in the post-war America (ddr-csujad-48-7)
doc My future in the post-war America (ddr-csujad-48-7)
Term paper by Jogi Yamaguchi for period III Social Problems class taught by Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, a teacher at Manzanar High School. Jogi first discusses the choice he had to face in staying in America or leaving for Japan. He knows life in the US will be difficult and doesn't think he will ever see …

Narrator Fred Korematsu

Nisei male. Born January 30, 1919, in Oakland, California. Mr. Korematsu was working as a welder in San Francisco when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After Executive Order 9066 was issued in 1942, he decided to resist the evacuation orders, and was not removed with his family. He was arrested in May of …
Mitsuye May Yamada Interview Segment 38 (ddr-densho-1000-137-38)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada Interview Segment 38 (ddr-densho-1000-137-38)
Visiting Japan for the first time in fifty years

Mitsuye Yamada was interviewed together with her two surviving brothers, William Toshio Yasutake and Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. She was interviewed individually on October 9-10, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct their own family history …

Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-138-40)
vh Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-138-40)
Visiting the relocated family home in Japan with mother and brothers, recalling old times

William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned …

Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 38 (ddr-densho-1000-138-38)
vh Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 38 (ddr-densho-1000-138-38)
Experiences living in Japan; observing the differences between Japanese and Japanese American

William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct …

Fred Korematsu Interview (ddr-densho-1012-1)
vh Fred Korematsu Interview (ddr-densho-1012-1)
Nisei male. Born January 30, 1919, in Oakland, California. Mr. Korematsu was working as a welder in San Francisco when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After Executive Order 9066 was issued in 1942, he decided to resist the evacuation orders, and was not removed with his family. He was arrested in May of …

Narrator George Yoshida

Nisei male. Born April 9, 1922, in Seattle, Washington. Parents immigrated from Japan in the early 1900s. Attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary School and Washington Middle School in Seattle before his family moved to East Los Angeles in 1936. Incarcerated in Poston Detention Camp #1, Arizona, in April 1942. While in camp, helped organize the "Music Makers," …
Mitsuye May Yamada Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-137-15)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-137-15)
Father is denied a visa to visit Japan, yet later was allowed to become a U.S. citizen

Mitsuye Yamada was interviewed together with her two surviving brothers, William Toshio Yasutake and Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. She was interviewed individually on October 9-10, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings …

Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-138-39)
vh Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-138-39)
Discovering that family home in Seattle had been donated to a museum in Japan, and physically relocated there

William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the …

Matsuko Hayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1021-4)
vh Matsuko Hayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1021-4)
Born in 1921 in Parlier in Fresno County, California, Matsuko Hayashi (pseudonym) grew up as the second oldest of the eight children of a first-generation immigrant who had come to the United States as a sixteen years old, and his wife who had come as a "picture bride." They raised grapes on three farms that Matsuko's …
Paul Satoh Interview (ddr-densho-1021-9)
vh Paul Satoh Interview (ddr-densho-1021-9)
Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1936, Paul Satoh spent a happy childhood as the only child of a chemist and a homemaker. Satoh's extended family included an uncle who had studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his wife, a US-born Nikkei from Hawai'i who occasionally had received a "care pack from the United …
Roger Shimomura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-142)
vh Roger Shimomura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-142)
Roger Shimomura's paintings, prints, and theater pieces address sociopolitical issues of Asian America. The inspiration for many of his works are the diaries kept by his late immigrant grandmother for fifty-six years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his graduate degree from Syracuse University, New York.

Shimomura has had …

Narrator Mitsuye May Yamada

Female, child of Issei parents. Born July 5, 1923, in Fukuoka, Japan while her mother and two older Nisei brothers visited relatives. Named Mitsuye Mei Yasutake at birth. From age 3, grew up in Seattle, WA. Father employed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as interpreter for twenty years, until separated from family on December …

Narrator Roger Shimomura

Roger Shimomura's paintings, prints, and theater pieces address sociopolitical issues of Asian America. The inspiration for many of his works are the diaries kept by his late immigrant grandmother for fifty-six years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his graduate degree from Syracuse University, New York. Shimomura has had …
Mitsuye May Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-137)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-137)
Female, child of Issei parents. Born July 5, 1923, in Fukuoka, Japan while her mother and two older Nisei brothers visited relatives. Named Mitsuye Mei Yasutake at birth. From age 3, grew up in Seattle, WA. Father employed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as interpreter for twenty years, until separated from family on December …
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II (ddr-csujad-29-60)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II (ddr-csujad-29-60)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, …
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I (ddr-csujad-29-59)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I (ddr-csujad-29-59)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, …
Bill Hosokawa Interview (ddr-densho-122-26)
vh Bill Hosokawa Interview (ddr-densho-122-26)
Nisei male. Born in Seattle on January 30, 1915, and attended Washington grade school, Garfield High School and the University of Washington. He grew up as a typical Nisei, working summers in Alaska salmon canneries and Western Avenue produce brokerages to pay for his education. He became interested in writing at Garfield where he was sports …
Bill Hosokawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-129)
vh Bill Hosokawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-129)
Nisei male. Born in Seattle on January 30, 1915, and attended Washington grade school, Garfield High School and the University of Washington. He grew up as a typical Nisei, working summers in Alaska salmon canneries and Western Avenue produce brokerages to pay for his education. He became interested in writing at Garfield where he was sports …

Narrator Bill Hosokawa

Nisei male. Born in Seattle on January 30, 1915, and attended Washington grade school, Garfield High School and the University of Washington. He grew up as a typical Nisei, working summers in Alaska salmon canneries and Western Avenue produce brokerages to pay for his education. He became interested in writing at Garfield where he was sports …
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, …
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