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Narrator Kiyoshi Seishin Yamashita

Nisei male. Born February 14, 1920, in Kent, Washington. Grew up in the nearby town of Auburn, where parents ran a farm. Family was involved Auburn Buddhist Church. Graduated from the University of Washington in 1942 and removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Recruited out of Tule Lake to teach …

Narrator Tokio Hirotaka

Nisei male. Born 1910 in Bellevue, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Prior to the war, family was part of a Japanese American "Eastside" community that cleared and farmed a large portion of what is now the Bellevue-Kirkland-Redmond area.

Narrator Toshio Ito

Nisei male. Born 1922 in Bellevue, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Prior to the war, family was part of a Japanese American "Eastside" community that cleared and farmed a large portion of what is now the Bellevue-Kirkland-Redmond area.

Narrator Richard M. Murakami

Sansei male. Born January 29, 1932, in Florin, California. Grew up in Sacramento, California, where father ran a farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, returned with family to Florin. Removed to the Marysville Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" in 1943, transferred to the Jerome concentration …

Narrator Homer Yasui

Nisei male. Born December 28, 1924, in Hood River, Oregon. Grew up in Hood River, where father and uncles ran a store. During World War II, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, attended college in Denver and Philadelphia. Eventually became a physician and returned to …

Narrator Osamu Mori

Nisei male. Born July 13, 1928, in Wilmington, California. Grew up in San Pedro, California, where parents operated a farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Family answered "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and was …

Narrator Masako Murakami

Sansei female. Born March 27, 1934, in San Francisco, California. Parents were both Kibei from Seattle, Washington, and Bakersfield, California. Grew up in San Francisco, California, where father was in sales. During World War II, removed to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. After father signed "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," transferred to the Tule …

Narrator Hitoshi H. Kajihara

Nisei male. Born March 12, 1928. Incarcerated at Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Served as fundraising chair for the Japanese American Citizens League's Legislative Education Committee from 1984 to 1985 and raised over half a million dollars for the redress effort. Became president of the National JACL in 1986.

Narrator Hitoshi "Hank" Naito

Nisei male. Born April 20, 1926, in San Diego, California. Grew up in Terminal Island, California, where father was a fisherman. During World War II, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Family was transferred to Tule Lake in response to father's answers on the so-called …

Narrator Joe Matsuzawa

Nisei male. Born February 7, 1913, in Bellevue, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Prior to the war, family was part of a Japanese American "Eastside" community that cleared and farmed a large portion of what is now the Bellevue-Kirkland-Redmond area.

Narrator Sab Akiyama

Nisei male. Born April 7, 1924, in Oak Grove, Oregon. Grew up in the Hood River, Oregon, area, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, was removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army during the …

Narrator Edith Watanabe

Nisei female. Born August 29, 1921, in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar years in Burlington, Washington. Was just starting college when incarcerated at Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp early because of illness and married a Nisei GI, Harvey Watanabe. Lived in Midwest for duration of war and resettled in Seattle, Washington following the war.

Narrator Peggie Nishimura Bain

Nisei female. Born March 31, 1909, in Vashon Island, Washington. Raised in Vashon Island and Des Moines, Washington, before being removed with her two children to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California. Later transferred to Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and Minidoka, Idaho, before resettling in Chicago, Illinois. Lived and worked in Chicago before eventually returning to …

Narrator May Ohmura Watanabe

Nisei female. Born May 13, 1922, in Chico, California. Grew up in Chico, where parents ran a produce store. Was in college when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and was removed with her family to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to attend school in Syracuse, New York, and become a public health nurse. Later …

Narrator Misa Taketa

Nisei female. Born January 18, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the South Park area, south of Seattle, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, lived and worked in Ontario, Oregon, for a time, before living …
William Marutani Interview (ddr-densho-1000-44)
vh William Marutani Interview (ddr-densho-1000-44)
Nisei male. Born March 31, 1923, in Kent, Washington. During World War II, was incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After leaving camp to attend college in South Dakota, was drafted into the U.S. Army and served with the Military Intelligence Service during the postwar occupation of Japan. After …

Narrator Ayame Tsutakawa

Kibei female. Born 1924 in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California. Sent to Japan to live with a relative when thirteen months old. Returned to United States and mother when twelve years old. Incarcerated at Sacramento Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, both in California. Resettled in Sacramento, California. Married George Tsutakawa, renowned artist, …

Narrator Frank S. Fujii

Nisei male. Born January 14, 1930, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the Jackson Street neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Resettled in Seattle. Former teacher and varsity basketball coach at Seattle's Franklin High School and administrator at Seattle Central Community College.
Jim Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1002-5)
vh Jim Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1002-5)
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 Kunio Otani

Nisei male. Born July 1921 in Seattle, Washington. Raised in Raymond, Washington. Incarcerated at Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming; he worked on the staff of both camp newspapers, the Tulean Dispatch and the Heart Mountain Sentinel, respectively. Resettled in Seattle after the war and entered the greenhouse business. He owned …

Narrator Lillian Horita

Nisei female. Born November 9, 1929, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where parents ran a cleaning business. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, then to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Transferred to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp to attend school in Des Moines, Iowa, before eventually …

Narrator Nancy Nakata Gohata

Sansei female. Born October 16, 1940, in Compton, California. As an infant, taken with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After the government issued the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," family was transferred to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, lived for ten years at a farm labor camp on an island outside of …

Narrator Joe Yamakido

Nisei male. Born March 3, 1922, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in various cities in California, and was living in Harbor City, California, when Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941. Removed to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and then to Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Later moved to the Jerome concentration camp in …

Narrator Ed Yoshikawa

Nisei male. Born January 30, 1925, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento. During World War II, removed to the Sacramento (Walerga) Assembly Center, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to attend college in Michigan. Drafted into the military and served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe. After military discharge, moved to …

Narrator Joe Seto

Nisei male. Born 1924 in Tacoma, Washington. Grew up in Tacoma, where father worked for a produce business. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp temporarily to work harvesting sugar beets for a sugar company. Drafted into the army in 1945. …
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