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Bob Y. Sakata Interview (ddr-densho-1000-216)
vh Bob Y. Sakata Interview (ddr-densho-1000-216)
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.
Toru Saito Interview (ddr-densho-1000-307)
vh Toru Saito Interview (ddr-densho-1000-307)
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 …
Yae Wada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-476)
vh Yae Wada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-476)
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. …
Jo Takata for Nellie Takeda (ddr-ajah-8-8)
av Jo Takata for Nellie Takeda (ddr-ajah-8-8)
In this video, Jo Takata talks about her mother, Nellie Takeda. Nellie was born in Alameda, California, and was married just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After the war, returned to Alameda and lived for a number years …
Bob Utsumi Interview (ddr-densho-1013-8)
vh Bob Utsumi Interview (ddr-densho-1013-8)
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 …
Grace F. Oshita Interview (ddr-densho-1013-4)
vh Grace F. Oshita Interview (ddr-densho-1013-4)
Nisei female. Born January 2, 1925, in San Francisco, California. Spent childhood in San Francisco where family operated successful miso factory and grocery store. Father arrested by FBI in February 1942 and sent to Fort Lincoln internment camp, North Dakota. Family removed to Tanforan Assembly Center and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Graduated from Topaz High School …
Ken Yoshida Interview (ddr-densho-1000-428)
vh Ken Yoshida Interview (ddr-densho-1000-428)
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 …
Helen Harano Christ Interview (ddr-densho-1013-6)
vh Helen Harano Christ Interview (ddr-densho-1013-6)
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 …
Dave Tatsuno Interview II (ddr-densho-1005-4)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview II (ddr-densho-1005-4)
Nisei male. Born March 31, 1913, in San Francisco, California. Spent difficult childhood years in San Francisco under care of a guardian while family lived in Japan. Graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley before World War II. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and then to Topaz concentration …
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 …
Warren H. Watanabe Interview (ddr-phljacl-1-2)
vh Warren H. Watanabe Interview (ddr-phljacl-1-2)
Nisei male. Born August 12, 1921, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, where father worked as the executive secretary of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Left camp to attend college and the University of Chicago. Earned …
Ben Takeshita Interview (ddr-densho-1000-467)
vh Ben Takeshita Interview (ddr-densho-1000-467)
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, …
Keith Nomura for Kiyosuke Nomura (ddr-ajah-8-6)
av Keith Nomura for Kiyosuke Nomura (ddr-ajah-8-6)
In this video, Keith Nomura talks about his father, Kiyosuke Nomura. Kiyosuke grew up in the Bay Area and met his wife, who was born in Alameda, California. During World War II, they were removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Kiyosuke wasn't able to graduate from the University of …
Yoshiye Handa Yasuda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-485)
vh Yoshiye Handa Yasuda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-485)
Nisei female. Born August 26, 1934, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood, where father ran a carpentry business. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, returned to San Francisco with parents and finished high school. While still in …
K. Morgan Yamanaka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-329)
vh K. Morgan Yamanaka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-329)
Nisei male. Born April 14, 1924, in San Francisco, California. Went to Japan with family at a very young age before returning to San Francisco. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Answered "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" and transferred to Tule Lake concentration …
Kay Yatabe Interview (ddr-ajah-1-9)
vh Kay Yatabe Interview (ddr-ajah-1-9)
Sansei female. Born April 16, 1948 in Berkeley, California. During World War II, parents were incarcerated at the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After the war, the family returned to the Bay Area, and Kay grew up in El Cerrito, California, where parents ran a shoe repair shop. Attended UC Berkeley …
Taneyuki Dan Harada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-306)
vh Taneyuki Dan Harada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-306)
Kibei male. Born June 17, 1923, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles before moving to Japan and attending school. Returned to the U.S. in 1938, and was attending high school when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. While …
Kiwamu
vh Kiwamu "Kiyo" Tsuchida Interview (ddr-densho-1000-405)
Nisei male. Born February 2, 1923, in Auburn, Washington. Grew up in Auburn, where father worked for the Great Northern Railroad and the family also ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, Oregon. Family then transferred to the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Kiwamu left camp …
Robert
vh Robert "Rusty" Kimura Interview (ddr-densho-1004-16)
Nisei male. Born January 19, 1915, in Sacramento, California. During World War II, sent to the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Volunteered for the military out of camp, and was recruited to serve in the Military Intelligence Service.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. …

Ann Fujikawa Interview (ddr-densho-1011-9)
vh Ann Fujikawa Interview (ddr-densho-1011-9)
Nisei female. Born in Berkeley, California. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After the war, returned to Berkeley.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed …

Mary Kato - Frances Kajita Nishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-494)
vh Mary Kato - Frances Kajita Nishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-494)
This interview is with two sisters, Mary Kato and Frances Kajita Nishi. Ten years apart in age, they grew up in Mosier, Washington, where their parents worked on an orchard and did truck farming. During World War II, the family was removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Following …
Kenji Tomita Interview (ddr-ajah-1-3)
vh Kenji Tomita Interview (ddr-ajah-1-3)
Nisei male. Born August 25, 1924, in Alameda, California. Grew up in Alameda, where father ran a food wholesaling business. Was in high school when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Left Topaz on student leave to attend the University of …
Norm Hayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-468)
vh Norm Hayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-468)
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 …
Kenneth Narahara Interview (ddr-ajah-1-2)
vh Kenneth Narahara Interview (ddr-ajah-1-2)
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. …
Tom Akashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-164)
vh Tom Akashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-164)
Nisei male. Born June 7, 1929, in Merced, California. Grew up in Mount Eden, California, and was removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Incarcerated at the Topaz concentration camp in Utah, then moved to Tule Lake concentration camp after family volunteered to move to Japan. While at Tule Lake, …
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