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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," …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 73, No. 4 (July 23, 1971) (ddr-pc-43-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 73, No. 4 (July 23, 1971) (ddr-pc-43-29)
Selected article titles: "Farm labor crisis hits JACL" (p. 1), "Watsonville Elks against white-only rule" (p. 1), "Fear low cost housing may kill Japan Center and Nihonmachi" (p. 1), "San Francisco JACL prepared to object to opening of Kenzo's boutique in area" (p. 1), "Japan will not rely on nuclear power" (p. 2), "In Sacramento, this …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 20 (November 16, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-46)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 20 (November 16, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-46)
Selected article titles: "Longtime JACLer wins 31st Dist. seat in Sac'to" (p. 1), "Nisei evacuated from Middle East, says Seattle wife" (p. 1), "Issei pioneers of No. California flower growing industry honored by Nisei" (p. 1), "Deep-rooted racial prejudice in housing noted in San Francisco Bay Area survey, gains in jobs, education cited by survey" (p. …
Letter from Henry [Katsumi] Fujita to Mr. H. A. Strong, Electrolux Corporation, August 9, 1942 (ddr-csujad-23-13)
doc Letter from Henry [Katsumi] Fujita to Mr. H. A. Strong, Electrolux Corporation, August 9, 1942 (ddr-csujad-23-13)
Letter from Henry K. Fujita to his boss Mr. H. A. Strong of the Electrolux Corporation in San Francisco dated August 9, 1942. Rich in details, the letter describes the physical layout of the Merced Assembly Center, the poor-quality construction of the barracks, the daily schedules, the camp organization and facilities, the hardships and illnesses and …
Day at the Fair with Father (ddr-csujad-11-94)
img Day at the Fair with Father (ddr-csujad-11-94)
A man and two women are photographed together. The woman to the left of the man is most likely Tazu Kawamoto. The man is therefore her father, Sadaichi Kawamoto, as the caption reads: Day at the Fair with Father. The fair she is referring to is the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair. The woman to the …
Some of the first arrivals to the assembly center at Tanforan Race Track, near San Francisco in 1942 (ddr-csujad-52-4)
img Some of the first arrivals to the assembly center at Tanforan Race Track, near San Francisco in 1942 (ddr-csujad-52-4)
A LaserPhoto copy of an Associated Press image, taken in 1942, shared in 1981. Caption on photo reads "These were among the first Japanese to be moved into the newly built assembly center at Tranforan Race Track, near San Francisco in 1942. The people here were watching a horse race at the track." A message from …
Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 6, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-150)
doc Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 6, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-150)
A letter from Jokichi Yamanaka in Hiroshima, Japan to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. He updates Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine on the Sasakis and the Nakanos in Japan. This letter is mailed by Masao Okine from Japan via San Francisco by U.S. Army Postal Service. The handwritten notes on the backside of the …
Nikki Bridges Interview (ddr-densho-1012-15)
vh Nikki Bridges Interview (ddr-densho-1012-15)
Nisei female. Born February 2, 1911, and grew up in California. During World War II, removed to the Poston (Colorado River) concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving camp, worked in the War Relocation Authority office in San Francisco.

(This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business. …

Domoto Family induction program (ddr-densho-329-843)
doc Domoto Family induction program (ddr-densho-329-843)
Program from the award presentation and induction of the Domoto family into the California Floriculture Hall of Fame, presented by the Kee Kitayama Research Foundation and the California Ornamental Research Foundation. Program includes a schedule of events, a two-page history of the Domoto family's nursery and its impact on the floriculture industry, and credits to event …

Narrator Kenneth Narahara

Sansei male. Born December 16, 1936, in Oakland, California. Grew up in Alameda, California, where parents had a florist business. Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were forced to leave Alameda, so the family split up and moved to Oakland. Removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. …
Ryo Imamura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-27)
vh Ryo Imamura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-27)
Sansei male, born April 28, 1944, in the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. His father was the late Rev. Kanmo Imamura, a former Bishop of Hawaii and a minister for the Hawaii Kyodan and the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA). His mother Jane Imamura composed many of the children's gathas sung in the Dharma Schools. Both …

Narrator Satsuki Ina

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 …
Information Digest No. 56 (ddr-densho-156-414)
doc Information Digest No. 56 (ddr-densho-156-414)
Section titles: "Dies Committee Summons Ray Best"; "Appeal Board Planned for Tule Lake Segregants"; "Rohwer Schools Buy Three Jeeps"; "Seven Nisei Girls Inducted in WAC"; "California State Board of Agriculture Resolution"; "Clearance Review Committee Enlarged"; "Denver Administrative Management Meeting"; "Community Councils Taking Active Part in Relocation Program"; "Relocation 'Team' Available to All Centers"; "Community Councils Taking …

Narrator Fred Y. Hoshiyama

Nisei male. Born December 7, 1914, in Livingston, California, where parents helped to establish a farming community called the Yamato Colony. Lost father at a young age, and moved to San Francisco, California, before World War II, and attended Berkeley. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the …

Narrator Jim Hirabayashi

Nisei male. Born October 30, 1926, in small town of Thomas, Washington, on family farm. Attended school in Auburn, Washington, before being removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to work in Idaho, and was subsequently joined by family. Postwar, became a social anthropologist, and later became only the …

Narrator Hiroshi Kashiwagi

Nisei male. Born November 8, 1922, in Sacramento, California. Spent childhood and adolescence in Loomis, California, before spending senior year in high school in Los Angeles, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to Marysville Assembly Center, California, and then to Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Resisted the draft and renounced U.S. citizenship, remaining with …
Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-275)
vh Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-275)
Nisei male. Born December 7, 1914, in Livingston, California, where parents helped to establish a farming community called the Yamato Colony. Lost father at a young age, and moved to San Francisco, California, before World War II, and attended Berkeley. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the …
Geri Handa Interview (ddr-densho-1021-2)
vh Geri Handa Interview (ddr-densho-1021-2)
Geri Handa was born in San Jose, California, in 1948, and studied in the early 1970s at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a focus on community organizing and social services for seniors. She joined Asians for Community Actions in San Jose and worked at Keiro Nursing Home in …

Narrator Ryo Imamura

Sansei male, born April 28, 1944, in the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. His father was the late Rev. Kanmo Imamura, a former Bishop of Hawaii and a minister for the Hawaii Kyodan and the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA). His mother Jane Imamura composed many of the children's gathas sung in the Dharma Schools. Both …
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 27, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-153)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 27, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-153)
A letter from Masao Okine, who is stationed in Tokyo, Japan as a Nisei solder, to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. The letter is mailed via San Francisco, California, by U.S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, Masao writes about his duties driving a jeep and informs that he is going to mail his parents' …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 48, No. 16 (April 17, 1959) (ddr-pc-31-16)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 48, No. 16 (April 17, 1959) (ddr-pc-31-16)
Selected article titles: "Yen debt claimants seeking pre-war exchange rate" (p. 1), "Cal. FEPC bill signature by governor due" (p. 1), "442nd RCT linked with famous U.S. Army regiments of history" (p. 1), "Nisei greeted as 5-millionth visitor of United Nations" (p. 1), "Fair housing bill in Minnesota reported" (p. 1), "'Nothing in common' between language …
The ship
img The ship "Marine Lynx" in San Francisco Bay awaiting the arrival of more than 200 Indonesian seamen for deportation to Dutch East Indies (ddr-csujad-27-2)
Caption found with the image reads, "'Marine Lynx' resting peacefully at anchor in San Francisco Bay awaiting arrival of more than 200 Indonesian seamen, for deportation to Dutch East Indies. Most of them had been in custody at New York awaiting the sailing of some vessel from the West Coast. They had arrived in Atlantic Ports …
Ernest Besig Interview (ddr-densho-1002-3)
vh Ernest Besig Interview (ddr-densho-1002-3)
White male. Born in May 30, 1904, in Albany, New York. Founder and Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California from 1934 to 1971. Fought for civil rights throughout his career, and was involved in the General Strike in San Francisco, the McCarthy Era, and the Free Speech, civil rights, and anti-war …
Manzanar from the inside (ddr-csujad-48-62)
doc Manzanar from the inside (ddr-csujad-48-62)
Text of address by Roy Nash, Director of the Manzanar War Relocation Project, given to the Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, on July 31, 1942 for the purpose of "interpret[ing] the actuality of a War Relocation Center housing 10,000 evacuees" in view of perceptions of mistreatment of incarcerees in California. Sections of the speech include …
Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, September 5, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-163)
doc Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, September 5, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-163)
A letter from Jokichi Yamanaka in Hiroshima, Japan to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Jokichi writes about Masao Okine's visit to his place in Hiroshima, Japan and Masao's bringing the gifts from Seiichi and Tomeyo with him. He also writes of Masao's updates on issues in Hollister, California, where Jokichi used to run …
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