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Narrator Yooichi Wakamiya

Nisei male. Born July 10, 1933, in Hawthorne, California. Grew up in Hawthorne where parents ran a flower growing business. During World War II, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. After leaving camp, lived with family for a time in a trailer camp in Los Angeles, …

Narrator Takeshi Nakayama

Nisei male. Born April 15, 1937, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. After leaving camp, lived with family in the Burbank trailer camp before returning to Los Angeles. Established a …

Narrator Setsuko Izumi Asano

Nisei female. Born March 3, 1932, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. After leaving camp, moved with family to New Orleans, Louisiana. Remained in New Orleans for thirteen years, finishing school and establishing a career …

Narrator Michiko Frances Chikahisa

Nisei female. Born January 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 social …
Grayce Uyehara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-99)
vh Grayce Uyehara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-99)
Nisei female. Born July 4, 1919. Raised in Stockton, California. During World War II, removed during senior year at College of the Pacific, Stockton, California. Incarcerated at the Stockton Assembly Center and Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. Resettled with family members in Philadelphia. Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. Active volunteer with the …

Narrator Takayo Tsubouchi Fischer

Nisei female. Born November 25, 1932, in Harwick, California. During World War II, at the age of nine, removed with family to the Fresno Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome and Rohwer concentration camps, Arkansas. After leaving camp resettled in Chicago for a time before moving to Florida to attend college. In 1958, appeared in the …

Narrator Kanji Sahara

Issei male. Born April 4, 1934, in Hiroshima, Japan, while mother and older siblings were visiting Japan for an extended period. Came to the United States at a few months old, and grew up in the Uptown area of Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the …

Narrator Mits Yamasaki

Nisei male. Born February 3, 1924, in Caldwell, Idaho. In the early 1930s, sent with brothers to live in the Shonien orphanage in Los Angeles after mother develops tuberculosis. Remained in Shonien until the onset of World War II. During the war, removed with a friend's family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the …

Narrator Frank S. Kawana

Nisei male. Born June 29, 1933, in Graham, Washington. Moved with family at an early age to Los Angeles, California, where father owned and operated a kamaboko business. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. After leaving camp, lived briefly with family in a trailer …

Narrator James Sakamoto

Nisei male. Born April 18, 1924, in Mayfield, California. Spent prewar childhood years in Alviso, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, moved with family to Stockton, California, in an attempt to avoid mass removal. Despite this, was removed to the Stockton Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. Resettled in Colorado …

Narrator Charles Oihe Hamasaki

Nisei male. Born October 7, 1922, in Japan, while parents were visiting family. Came to the U.S. at three months old, and grew up in Terminal Island, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, picked up along with Issei father and taken to Fort Lincoln (Bismarck), North Dakota. Transferred from Fort Lincoln to the Santa Anita …

Narrator June Yasuno Aochi (Yamashiro) Berk

Nisei female. Born October 17, 1932, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, and was involved at an early age with traditional Japanese dancing and stage performance. During World War II, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. After leaving camp, family resettled in Denver, …

Narrator Rose Matsui Ochi

Nisei female. Born December 15, 1938, in Los Angeles, California. As a child, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. Following World War II, became a teacher and then went to law school. In 1974, worked for Los Angeles Mayor Bradley as a legislative research coordinator and eventually executive …

Narrator Janice Mirikitani

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 …

Narrator Grayce Uyehara

Nisei female. Born July 4, 1919. Raised in Stockton, California. During World War II, removed during senior year at College of the Pacific, Stockton, California. Incarcerated at the Stockton Assembly Center and Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas. Resettled with family members in Philadelphia. Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. Active volunteer with the …
Judo class (ddr-densho-37-536)
img Judo class (ddr-densho-37-536)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A Judo class. Classes are held every afternoon and evening at this relocation center.
Camp high school students (ddr-densho-37-553)
img Camp high school students (ddr-densho-37-553)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Changing classes at the temporary high school quarters.
Fourth-grade classroom (ddr-densho-37-470)
img Fourth-grade classroom (ddr-densho-37-470)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Fourth Grade School in Barracks 3-4-B.
Japanese Americans cutting timber (ddr-densho-37-549)
img Japanese Americans cutting timber (ddr-densho-37-549)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Much of the timber cleared from reclaimed farm lands is used for fuel to heat barracks homes. Cutting and chopping is done by volunteer workers enlisted by block managers, to provide fuel for each individual block. Each capable resident is expected to contribute his share of time to …
Japanese Americans harvesting mustard (ddr-densho-37-408)
img Japanese Americans harvesting mustard (ddr-densho-37-408)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. One of many truck loads of mustard being harvested by the residents of the Rohwer Relocation Center on the land cultivated by the evacuees.
Japanese American making jewelry (ddr-densho-37-547)
img Japanese American making jewelry (ddr-densho-37-547)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Among the unusual hobbies to be found in the relocation center, whose residents are former west coast persons of Japanese ancestry, is this former Californian's semi-precious stone cutting. He has prepared much interesting jewelry from bits of unusual stone picked up on the center grounds.
Japanese American grade school students (ddr-densho-37-548)
img Japanese American grade school students (ddr-densho-37-548)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Two young grade school students watch the camera as their pictures are being taken.
Japanese Americans building a barrack porch (ddr-densho-37-407)
img Japanese Americans building a barrack porch (ddr-densho-37-407)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee Arkansas. A typical street scene. Wood for fuel is piled in the barracks street and a crew of evacuees is building on a front porch.
Judo class (ddr-densho-37-545)
img Judo class (ddr-densho-37-545)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A Judo class at this relocation area. Classes are held every afternoon and evening.
Harvesting mustard (ddr-densho-37-528)
img Harvesting mustard (ddr-densho-37-528)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Residents of the Rohwer Relocation Center harvest a truck load of mustard on the extensive acreage they have helped cultivate near-by.
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