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Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-2-1)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-2-1)
Family background: born in Japan; father's unorthodox arrival in the United States

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not …

Statement of United States citizen of Japanese ancestry, Form DSS 304A (ddr-csujad-55-184)
doc Statement of United States citizen of Japanese ancestry, Form DSS 304A (ddr-csujad-55-184)
Questionnaire distributed to male U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry over the age of 17, commonly known as the, "loyalty questionnaire." Individuals were required to supply information regarding place of birth; date of birth; places of residence; height; weight; hair color; eye color; voter status (when and where he first registered); if married, his wife's ancestry; the …

Narrator Charles Olds

White male. Born 1913 in Karuizawa, Japan, to missionary parents. Attended Canadian school in Kobe, Japan, before coming to the United States with his older brother. He attended the University of Chicago School of Social Work, then volunteered to work for the War Relocation Authority (WRA). He later worked as a relocation officer in the concentration …

Narrator Hiroshi Terry Terakawa

Nisei male. Born January 3, 1929, in Kyoto, Japan. Came to United States as a young child with parents. Moved frequently as a child due to father's role as a Buddhist minister, living in places like Walnut Grove and Marysville, California. During World War II, was living in Salt Lake City. Drafted into the army and …

Narrator Susumu Nakanishi

Shin-Issei male. Born September 10, 1926, in Hyogo, Japan. Grew up in Japan, where parents farmed. During World War II, exempted from the draft due to higher education status. Attended Doshisha University in Kyoto, learning English from an influential missionary. Moved to the United States and attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, then studied at the University …

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 Tadashi Sakuma

Nisei male. Born May 20, 1913, in Hiroshima, Japan, and immigrated to the United States at the age of eleven. Lived on Bainbridge Island, Washington. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, later transferring to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, lived in Moses Lake, Washington, for a time before …
Shosuke Sasaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-78)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-78)
Issei male. Born March 26, 1912, in Yamaguchi ken, Japan. Immigrated to United States in 1919. Lived in Pomeroy, Washington, and Seattle, Washington, before World War II. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled in New York. As a member of the Newspaper Guild, led effort to eliminate pejorative …
Frank H. Hirata Interview (ddr-densho-1000-271)
vh Frank H. Hirata Interview (ddr-densho-1000-271)
Kibei-Nisei male. Born November 19, 1925, in Spokane, Washington. At the age of ten, went to Japan with grandfather. During World War II, was conscripted into the Japanese army, and was still in training when the war ended. After the war, continued education, graduating from Kyoto University with a law degree. Got married in 1957 and …
Chiyo Endo Interview (ddr-one-7-10)
vh Chiyo Endo Interview (ddr-one-7-10)
Issei female. Born March 14, 1960, in Japan, where family owned and operated a silkworm business. At age fifteen, immigrated to the United States to join father who was already there. Lived in Milwaukie, Oregon, before the war, and married and had six children. Husband passed away before World War II. During the war, removed to …
Michiko Kornhauser Interview (ddr-one-7-25)
vh Michiko Kornhauser Interview (ddr-one-7-25)
Shin-Issei female. Born July 21, 1936, in Sasebo, Japan. Was a child in Okayama during World War II. After the war, immigrated to the United States and lived and worked in various places including Honoulu, Hawaii, and Portland, Oregon.

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

Narrator Hiroko Nakashima

Kibei female. Born 1927 in Spokane, Washington. Went to Japan at the age of twelve with her mother and sister to visit relatives and gain a "Japanese education." Was in Japan when World War II broke out, remaining there for the duration of the war. Returned to the United States soon after the war ended, married …
Letter from William K. Koyama from the Minidoka Concentration Camp to the United States Attorney Carl C. Donaugh asking him to parole his father, Keizaburo Koyama. Page 3 of 4. (ddr-one-5-167)
doc Letter from William K. Koyama from the Minidoka Concentration Camp to the United States Attorney Carl C. Donaugh asking him to parole his father, Keizaburo Koyama. Page 3 of 4. (ddr-one-5-167)
Photocopy of a declassified letter written by Keizaburo Koyama's son, William, to the United States Attorney Carl C. Donaugh asking him to release his father to the Minidoka War Relocation Center. William continues that his mom is in poor health and may not live much longer without being reunited with her husband. He does not wish …

Narrator Kanji Sahara

Issei male. Born April 4, 1934, in Hiroshima, Japan, while mother and older siblings were visiting Japan for an extended period. Came to the United States at a few months old, and grew up in the Uptown area of Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the …
Minoru Tajii Interview (ddr-densho-1000-394)
vh Minoru Tajii Interview (ddr-densho-1000-394)
Nisei male. Born February 23, 1924, in Brawley, California. Grew up in El Centro, California, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, was removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Family signed "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" and transferred to the Crystal City internment camp, Texas, then to Japan. Lived and worked in …
Kibei Nisei at Camp Rupert, Idaho (ddr-csujad-38-14)
img Kibei Nisei at Camp Rupert, Idaho (ddr-csujad-38-14)
A photo of Goerge Nobuo Naohara's Kibei friend. It is presumably taken at Axel Johnson Ranch in Utah. The caption reads: After graduating from Meiji University, Tokyo Japan, I came back to the United States. Then, the outbreak of the war between Japan and the U.S.! After the incarceration at the Manzanar camp, I came to …
Asano Terao Interview I Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-108-27)
vh Asano Terao Interview I Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-108-27)
Saying goodbye to mother upon leaving Japan for the United States (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese and was translated so as to convey Mrs. Terao's way of speaking as closely as possible. For example, there are instances in which she makes some grammatical errors. These mistakes are conveyed through similar grammatical errors in …

Narrator Mutsu Homma

Issei female. Born June 19, 1911, in Tono City, Iwate-ken, Japan. Immigrated to the United States in 1929. Incarcerated at the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and Amache concentration camp, Colorado. Father established and ministered the first Western-style Christian church in Tono City. Husband was assigned to the Santa Anita Assembly Center as the official head …

Narrator Jimmie S. Matsuda

Nisei male. Born June 16, 1927, in Hood River, Oregon. Grew up in Hood River, where parents ran a farm. At the age of thirteen, went to Japan with family for a vacation and ended up staying there. Attended school in Japan and then was trained in the Japanese air force as a kamikaze pilot. Instead …
UC Santa Barbara Japanese in America, circa early 1900s-1960s (ddr-csujad-25)
Collection UC Santa Barbara Japanese in America, circa early 1900s-1960s (ddr-csujad-25)
Japanese in America, circa early 1900s-1960s, boxes 7-12: The collection contains photographs and albums of the Japanese in the United States, mainly Washington, California, Colorado, and Utah. The photographs include family portraits and snapshots capturing their community activities and local events, such as picnic, wedding, funeral, local associations’ activities, etc., mostly taken in the early 1900s. …

Narrator Sarah Sato

Sansei female. (Mother and father born in Hawaii.) Born February 1925 in Peru. Spent prewar childhood in Peru and Hawaii. Father picked up by the FBI and detained after bombing of Pearl Harbor. Was incarcerated at Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Renounced citizenship in order to stay with parents, and was …
The Pacific Citizen, Vol. 18 No. 14 (April 29, 1944) (ddr-pc-16-18)
doc The Pacific Citizen, Vol. 18 No. 14 (April 29, 1944) (ddr-pc-16-18)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Battalion Fighting on Anzio Beachhead" (p. 1), "Army Says Nisei Will Not Be Used in Combat Against Japan" (p. 1), "Young Japanese Alien Gets American Citizenship Through Service in United States Army" (p. 1), "Student Relocation Program Successful, Reports Hibbard" (p. 2), "WRA Reopens Isolation Camp in Arizona. Leupp Will House Troublemakers …
Short article regarding Yasuzo Shimizu's wife (ddr-njpa-4-2142)
doc Short article regarding Yasuzo Shimizu's wife (ddr-njpa-4-2142)
Article: "Mrs. Shimizu Here For Three-Week Visit. Mrs. Ikuko Shimizu, wife of Yasuzo Shimizu of the Obirin Gakuen near Tokyo, arrived here this morning aboard the APL liner President Cleveland after a year's tour of the mainland United States. She will remain here for about three weeks, and is scheduled to sail for Japan on the …
Izumi Hirano Interview (ddr-densho-1000-317)
vh Izumi Hirano Interview (ddr-densho-1000-317)
Kibei male. Born February 25, 1929, in Hilo, Hawaii. At the age of four, moved to Japan, where family operated a farm. Attended school in Japan during World War II. Was in school in Hiroshima when the United States dropped the atomic bomb in 1945. Survived the bombing along with mother and brother. In 1949, returned …

Narrator Ruth Y. Okimoto

Nisei female. Born April 15, 1936, in Tokyo, Japan. Brought to the United States with parents at the age of one, and grew up in San Diego, California, where father was a minister. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After the war, forged connections …
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