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Narrator Jun Dairiki

Nisei female. Born September 2, 1934, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in the Japantown area of San Francisco. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, family lived for a time in Weiser, Idaho, running a farm. Eventually returned to California.

Narrator Isao East Oshima

Nisei male. Born April 20, 1921, in Berkeley, California. Family moved frequently as a child, and was living in Oakland, California, when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Left camp for Cleveland, Ohio, eventually settling permanently in the Twin …

Narrator Tamiko Honda

Nisei female. Born September 14, 1924, in Santa Clara, California. Grew up in Santa Clara and Redwood City, California, before World War II. During the war, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, resettled for a time in New York before returning to Redwood City.

Narrator Toru Saito

Sansei male. Born December 11, 1937, in San Francisco, California. Nearly age four when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. In this interview, Mr. Saito discusses many of the harmful psychological effects of the World War II experience on himself and other Japanese …

Narrator Kazuko Iwahashi

Nisei female. Born December 16, 1929, in Berkeley, California. Grew up in Berkeley where parents operated a nursery business. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, returned to Berkeley, working as a schoolgirl for a white woman while …

Narrator Bob Y. Sakata

Nisei male. Born April 15, 1926 in Alameda, California. Spent childhood in Alameda where family operated 10-acre farm. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Resettled in Brighton, Colorado, and resumed farming. Along with wife and son, owns and operates Sakata Farms, currently one of the top produce growers in the country.

Narrator Alice Setsuko Sekino Hirai

Nisei/Sansei female. Born November 8, 1939, in San Francisco, California. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Family resettled in Salt Lake City, Utah. Moved to San Francisco after one year and back to Salt Lake City in 1950. Attended University of Utah and studied nursing. Speaks to school groups about family's …

Narrator Bob Utsumi

Nisei male. Born November 12, 1928, in Oakland, California. Grew up in Oakland before being removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah, during World War II. Returned to Oakland with family and attended the University of California at Berkeley before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. Established career in the …

Narrator Kinge Okauchi

Nisei male. Born May 20, 1924, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento and Menlo Park, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. While in Topaz, worked for the recreation department organizing a summer camp for kids. Attended Stanford University after leaving camp, and …

Narrator Kiyo Yoshimura

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 …

Narrator Shirley Nagatomi Okabe

Nisei female. Born February 7, 1937, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, where father was a prominent Buddhist minister. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, returned to California. Father was instrumental in the planning and building of the cemetery …

Narrator Willie K. Ito

Sansei male. Born 1934 in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, where he developed an early interest in Disney and the art of cartooning. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, returned to San Francisco. Established a long career working for …

Narrator Helen Takeshita

Sansei female. Born February 27, 1935, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco's Japantown. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, family lived for a short time in Oregon before returning to California and finding temporary housing in Hunters Point. Eventually …
Mitsue Matsui Interview (ddr-densho-1008-3)
vh Mitsue Matsui Interview (ddr-densho-1008-3)
Nisei female. Born November 3, 1918, in San Francisco, California. As a young woman, entire family visited Japan for ten months, where she acquired the skill of Japanese typing at the Kumahira Typist Yoseisho in Hiroshima. Returned to the U.S. with most of her family (eldest brother remained in Japan) and was working at the Japanese …

Narrator Helen Harano Christ

Sansei female. Born August 26, 1934, in Berkeley, California. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Family resettled in North Platte, Nebraska, where father operated a flower shop. Received undergraduate degree in education and sociology from Hastings College in Nebraska. Attended McCormick Seminary in Illinois. Married husband Frank Christ in 1959. Worked …

Narrator Ben Takeshita

Nisei male. Born August 2, 1930, in San Mateo, California. During World War II, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Due to parents' answers on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," transferred to Tule Lake when it was designated a segregation center. After leaving camp, returned to San Mateo, …

Narrator Yoshio Matsumoto

Nisei male. Born July 12, 1921, in San Diego, California. Grew up in San Diego, and was attending the University of California at Berkeley on December 7, 1941. Removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California. Was selected to leave camp to attend Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Drafted into the military, completed Officer Candidate School, …

Narrator Chiyoko Yano

Nisei female. Born February 27, 1918, in Oakland, California. Grew up in Oakland before being removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. In Topaz, worked for the War Relocation Authority in the Central Statistics Division. Husband served in the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services. Lived in Japan during the …

Narrator Yae Wada

Nisei female. Born November 3, 1919, in Berkeley, California. Grew up in Berkeley, where father ran a laundry business. Graduated from school and opened a beauty shop in 1940. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Had two children in camp and suffered numerous medical complications. …

Narrator Harry Kawahara

Nisei male. Born September 14, 1931, in San Leandro, California. Grew up in San Leandro, where father ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, moved with family to Salt Lake City for a year before returning to San Leandro. After …

Narrator Ken Yoshida

Nisei male. Born July 31, 1923, in Tacoma, Washington. Lived in Tacoma for a few years before moving with family to Redwood City, California, where family ran a flower nursery. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz (Central Utah) concentration camp, Utah. While in Topaz, refused to obey the …

Narrator Jean Shiraki Gize

Nisei female. Born June 16, 1938, in Alameda, California. Was age three when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. While in camp, father volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Mother answered an ad in the camp newspaper and …

Narrator Norm Hayashi

Sansei male. Born September 11, 1939, in Oakland, California. Grandfather, father, and other family members established a nursery business in San Francisco, California prior to World War II. During the war, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After the war, the family returned to San Francisco and …

Narrator Ted Nagata

Sansei male. Born October 5, 1935, in Santa Monica, California. Raised in Berkeley, California, where father worked as a salesman. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Mother had difficult time in camp. Family was one of the last to leave Topaz. Resettled in Salt Lake City and, with sister, sent to …
Fred Korematsu - Kathryn Korematsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-181)
vh Fred Korematsu - Kathryn Korematsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-181)
This interview centers on the experiences of Fred Korematsu, a Nisei 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 …
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