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Narrator Yoshimitsu Suyematsu

Nisei male. Born May 30, 1927, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge, where parents ran a strawberry farm. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, then transferred to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, returned to Bainbridge for a time and then volunteered for the military, serving in …

Narrator Hannah Lai

Nisei female. Born April 11, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where parents ran a hotel. Went to live in Japan for several years prior to World War II. During the war, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. While in Minidoka, recruited to teach elementary school, and …
Roy Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1004-9)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1004-9)
Nisei male. Born May 1, 1913, in Laguna, California. Lived in Japan from childhood through teenage years, before returning to the United States during high school. Incarcerated in the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Volunteered for the U.S. army in 1942, and was inducted in the Military Intelligence Service. Selected …

Narrator Yasashi Ichikawa

Issei female. Born 1907 in Shimonoseki, Japan. Attended school in Japan, and was encouraged by father to study English. Married a Buddhist minister and immigrated to the United States. Lived in Fresno, California, then returned to Japan for two years. Moved to Seattle, Washington, where husband was a minister at the Seattle Buddhist Temple. During World …

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 Yoji J. Matsushima

Nisei male. Born January 31, 1933, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where parents ran a general merchandise store. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp for the East Coast because parents wanted to repatriate to Japan. Did not secure a place on …
The Pacific Citizen, Vol. 28 No. 17 (April 30, 1949) (ddr-pc-21-17)
doc The Pacific Citizen, Vol. 28 No. 17 (April 30, 1949) (ddr-pc-21-17)
Selected article titles: "Seattle to Dedicate Memorial to Nisei GIs" (p. 1), "Prejudice in San Francisco Against Nisei Group Told in Report to Mayor's Committee" (p. 1), "JACL Asks for Ending of Segregation in Army. Masaoka Urges Positive Action to Abolish Discrimination in United States Armed Forces" (p. 1), "Japan's Press Watches U.S. Move to Repeal …
The Pacific Citizen, Vol. 31 No. 20 (November 18, 1950) (ddr-pc-22-46)
doc The Pacific Citizen, Vol. 31 No. 20 (November 18, 1950) (ddr-pc-22-46)
Selected article titles: "Twelve Japanese Americans To Serve in Isle Legislature; Okino Election Called Surprise" (p. 1), "Plan to Speed Action on Claims of Aged Issei" (p. 1), "Kawakita Appeals Treason Conviction Before U.S. Court. Convicted of Charge of Brutal Treatment of War Prisoners" (p. 1), "Sen. McCarran Will Expedite Citizenship Bill, Says Masaoka" (p. 1), …
Tadashi Sakuma Interview (ddr-densho-1001-34)
vh Tadashi Sakuma Interview (ddr-densho-1001-34)
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 …
Japanese American couple (ddr-densho-37-466)
img Japanese American couple (ddr-densho-37-466)
Original WRA caption: Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Alice and Bill Hosokawa, young Americans of Japanese ancestry now residing at Heart Mountain. Bill, whose father came to the United States many years ago is a recognized Nisei leader, a graduate of the University of Washington, West coast newspaper man, foreign correspondent for the Shanghai …

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, …

Narrator Frank Sumida

Nisei male. Born August 10, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. Grew up primarily in Los Angeles, California, where parents ran a restaurant. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, where he participating in running an organized gambling operation. Moved briefly to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, before being sent to …

Narrator George Fugami

Kibei male. Born 1915 in Portland, Oregon. Sent with siblings to be educated in Japan when ten years old. Returned to the United States in 1935. During World War II, was incarcerated at the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Active in Seattle's postwar Japanese American community as a member and past president …

Narrator Shosuke Sasaki

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 use …

Narrator Frank H. Hirata

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 …
Barbara Reiko Mikami Keimi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-459)
vh Barbara Reiko Mikami Keimi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-459)
Sansei female. Born December 4, 1935, in Sawtelle, California. Grew up in Huntington Beach, California, where father worked as a chauffeur. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was picked up by the FBI and taken to the Tuna Canyon Detention Station. He rejoined the family at the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the family was …
The Pacific Citizen, Vol. 24 No. 9 (March 8, 1947) (ddr-pc-19-10)
doc The Pacific Citizen, Vol. 24 No. 9 (March 8, 1947) (ddr-pc-19-10)
Selected article titles: "Report Twelve Thousand Nisei in Japan Have Applied for Repatriation to United States" (p. 1), "California Supreme Court Hears Stockton Theatre Case On Issei Business Rights" (p. 1), "Tule Lake Test Cases Moved To New Court" (p. 1), "Bill Seeks Repeal Of California School Segregation" (p. 1), "Nisei, Negro Groups Learning to Live, …
Photo of painting showing the Japanese invading oil producing countries (ddr-densho-299-232)
img Photo of painting showing the Japanese invading oil producing countries (ddr-densho-299-232)
Caption: "The United States placed an embargo on oil to show our displeasure of Japan's incursions into Korea / and Manchuria. Using the embargo as a pretext, Japan invaded oil producing countries saying oil / was necessary for their survival." Ted Akimoto noted that "during the war many large paintings were made by Japanese Army artists. …
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-153)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-153)
Nisei male. Born May 1, 1913, in Laguna, California. Lived in Japan from childhood through teenage years, before returning to the United States during high school. Incarcerated in the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Volunteered for the U.S. army in 1942, and was inducted in the Military Intelligence Service. Selected …
Article regarding Takeo Miki (ddr-njpa-4-931)
doc Article regarding Takeo Miki (ddr-njpa-4-931)
Article: "Progressive Party Leader Of Japan Here. Takeo Miki, chief secretary of the Progressive Party (Kaishinto) of Japan, and Mrs. Miki are visiting in Honolulu today enroute back to Japan after a two months' world tour. They arrived here last night from San Francisco at 10 by plane, and are scheduled to depart for Tokyo tonight …
Enmanji Temple (ddr-csujad-23-16)
img Enmanji Temple (ddr-csujad-23-16)
Postcard depicting the Enmanji Temple. The structure was originally built for the Manchurian Railroad Company to be exhibited at the Chicago World Fair in 1932. When the building was brought to Sonoma County and rebuilt as the Buddhist Church, Chief Abbot Ohtani of Japan granted it the title of "Temple," the only building in the United …
Tom Matsuoka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-47)
vh Tom Matsuoka Interview (ddr-densho-1000-47)
Kibei male. Born August 1903 in Sprecklesville, Maui, Hawaii. Taken to Japan in 1905 and raised by grandparents. Returned to the United States in 1919, joining father at Barneston sawmill in Washington. Married and farmed in Bellevue, Washington. Founded Bellevue Seinenkai and managed the Bellevue Vegetable Growers Association prior to World War II. Was picked up …
Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview (ddr-one-7-66)
vh Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview (ddr-one-7-66)
Nisei male. Born May 30, 1927, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge, where parents ran a strawberry farm. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, then transferred to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, returned to Bainbridge for a time and then volunteered for the military, serving in …
Tetsuo Nomiyama Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-279-3)
vh Tetsuo Nomiyama Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-279-3)
Returning to the United States after avoiding military conscription in Japan

Participating in this interview is Mr. Paul Minerich, who is Mr. Nomiyama's son-in-law. An attorney, Mr. Minerich headed the effort to clear his father-in-law's name regarding his wartime court martial conviction. This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of …

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