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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 Frances Kajita Nishi

Nisei-Sansei female. Born in February 24, 1934, in Mosier, Oregon. Grew up in Mosier, where parents worked on an orchard and did truck farming. During World War II, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Following the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" in 1943, family transferred to the Topaz concentration camp, …

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 Warren H. Watanabe

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 …

Narrator Kay Yatabe

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 …

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 Yoshiye Handa Yasuda

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 …

Narrator Hikaru Morohoshi

Kibei Nisei male. Born October 4, 1915, in Stockton, California. As a young child, sent to Japan to live with grandparents and attend school. Returned to California at age eighteen, and drafted into the U.S. military. Discharged from the army after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, Washington, and the Topaz concentration …

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 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 …
Terakawa Collection (ddr-densho-357)
Collection Terakawa Collection (ddr-densho-357)
The Terakawa Collection consists of four photograph albums created by Hanako Terakawa. Hanako's parents, Tadaichi and Yoni Yoshioka, immigrated from Japan and settled in Hayward, California in the early 1900's. In Hayward, they started a family and had five children. They owned a nursery and maintained several greenhouses built around 1913. The earliest photograph album primarily …

Narrator K. Morgan Yamanaka

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 …

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. …

Narrator Taneyuki Dan Harada

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 …

Narrator Mitsue Matsui

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 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 …
Minoru Kiyota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-36)
vh Minoru Kiyota Interview (ddr-densho-1000-36)
Kibei male, born October 12, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Raised primarily in San Francisco, California, spending four years in Hiratsuka, Japan. Was incarcerated with his family at Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Refused to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and as a consequence was moved to Tule Lake Segregation Center, California. In Tule, he renounced his U.S. …

Narrator Roy Ebihara

Nisei male. Born January 11, 1934, in Clovis, New Mexico, where father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. On January 19, 1942, officials rounded up all of the Japanese Americans in Clovis and removed them from the town without warning in the middle of the night in response to an angry mob of townspeople who were …

Narrator Tom Akashi

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, …
Topaz Times Vol. VI No. 4 (January 11, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-259)
doc Topaz Times Vol. VI No. 4 (January 11, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-259)
Selected article titles: "Ordinance on Gambling, Theft, Bribery Adopted" (p. 1), "Chicago War Firms Want Nisei Workers" (p. 2).
Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 1 (April 1, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-292)
doc Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 1 (April 1, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-292)
Selected article titles: "Korematsu Case to be Reviewed by Supreme Ct." (p. 1), "Draft Refusers" (p. 1), "Evacuees Produce Own Vegetables" (p. 1), "Labor Market Conditions in Large Cities Surveyed" (p. 3), "Pasadenans Favor Restoration of Nisei's Full Civil Rights" (p. 6).
Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 25 (June 24, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-318)
doc Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 25 (June 24, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-318)
Selected article titles: "Violation of Alien Land Law to be Investigated" (p. 1), "Pasadenans: Help Offered to Returning Evacuees" (p. 1).
Topaz Times Vol. IX No. 17 (November 29, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-361)
doc Topaz Times Vol. IX No. 17 (November 29, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-361)
Selected article titles: "Holiday Travel Curtailed for Everyone" (p. 1), "Roosevelt Favors Release of Japanese Americans from Camps" (p. 2).
Topaz Times Vol. XI No. 3 (April 10, 1945) (ddr-densho-142-397)
doc Topaz Times Vol. XI No. 3 (April 10, 1945) (ddr-densho-142-397)
Selected article titles: "Deep South to be Theme of Free Program Friday" (p. 1), "WRA Will Lend Surplus Furnishings to Hostels" (p. 2), "Issei Returnee Solves Housing, Job Problem" (p. 3).
Topaz Times Vol. X No. 15 (February 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-142-383)
doc Topaz Times Vol. X No. 15 (February 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-142-383)
Selected article titles: "Director Myer Discusses Problems With Delegates" (p. 1), "Evacuation Case Denied Hearing" (p. 1), "Rabies Shots for Dogs Scheduled" (p. 1).
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