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Frank Sumida Interview (ddr-densho-1000-261)
vh Frank Sumida Interview (ddr-densho-1000-261)
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 …
Photograph and short article regarding Iwasaburo Okino (ddr-njpa-4-2023)
doc Photograph and short article regarding Iwasaburo Okino (ddr-njpa-4-2023)
Caption on front: "'While Japan looks to America as a model for many modern ideas of life and manners, there is a great need of a constructive interpretation of the best that the West has to offer.' Iwasaburo Okino, famous Japanese novelist, who arrived in San Francisco aboard the Tatsuta Maru recently, added to his above …
George S. Matsui Interview (ddr-densho-1008-2)
vh George S. Matsui Interview (ddr-densho-1008-2)
Nisei male. Born March 1, 1915, in Los Angeles, California. Spent prewar childhood in Long Beach, California, but attended grade school and junior high in Japan. Returned to the United States to attend high school. In 1941, was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Camp Roberts, San Luis Obispo, California for basic training. Was …
Roy Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1001-40)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1001-40)
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 Roy H. Matsumoto

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 …
Clipping regarding Howard D. Porter (ddr-njpa-1-1126)
doc Clipping regarding Howard D. Porter (ddr-njpa-1-1126)
Caption: "Release No. D-50. Immediate Release to Times. Howard D. Porter, the Attorney General of Guam and a reserve lieutenant colonel, Monday (April 25) completed a two-week tour of active duty with United States Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, T.H. A military Police officer, Colonel Porter spent his two-week tour observing and studying operations of the Hawaiian …
Yoji J. Matsushima Interview (ddr-one-7-54)
vh Yoji J. Matsushima Interview (ddr-one-7-54)
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 …
Michael Shigeru Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-400-24)
av Michael Shigeru Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-400-24)
Michael Yasutake was born on August 4, 1915, in Long Beach, California. He was one of Kumataro and Itsu Yasutake's eight children. His father was a farmer in Gardena, California, and his mother was a housewife. When the war broke out he was already in the army and served with the Military Intelligence Service. His family …
Naoko Wake Collection of Oral Histories of US Survivors of the Atomic Bombs (ddr-densho-1021)
Collection Naoko Wake Collection of Oral Histories of US Survivors of the Atomic Bombs (ddr-densho-1021)
This collection consists of ten interviews that historian Naoko Wake conducted in 2011-15 for her book American Survivors: Trans-Pacific Memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Five of the interviews are with US survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, while the other five are with medical and legal professionals and community activists who …

Narrator Harry Ueno

Nisei male. Born April 14, 1907, in Pauilo, Hawaii. Lived in Japan from 1915 to 1923, and settled on the mainland upon his return to the United States. Was married in 1930, and was removed along with family to Manzanar concentration camp, California, during World War II. While in Manzanar, organized the Mess Hall Workers Union. …

Narrator Barbara Reiko Mikami Keimi

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 …

Narrator George S. Matsui

Nisei male. Born March 1, 1915, in Los Angeles, California. Spent prewar childhood in Long Beach, California, but attended grade school and junior high in Japan. Returned to the United States to attend high school. In 1941, was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Camp Roberts, San Luis Obispo, California for basic training. Was …
Japanese Boy Scout leader with Honolulu Boy Scout leaders (ddr-njpa-4-809)
img Japanese Boy Scout leader with Honolulu Boy Scout leaders (ddr-njpa-4-809)
Caption on reverse: "JAPAN SCOUT LEADER VISITS HERE: Eagle Scout Arthur K. Goto of Honolulu's Explorer Post 82 is shown wishing Count Yorihiro Matsudaira, president of the Boy Scouts Council of Kagawa prefecture, Japan, godspeed as he left aboard a Pan American plane for Tokyo following a two-day visit in Honolulu a week ago last Saturday, …
Soldier and mother (ddr-densho-151-45)
img Soldier and mother (ddr-densho-151-45)
Original WRA caption: Florin, Sacramento County, California. A soldier and his mother in a strawberry field. The soldier, age 23, volunteered July 10, 1941, and is stationed at Camp Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was furloughed to help his mother and family prepare for their evacuation. He is youngest of six years children, two of them volunteers …
Stuart S. Murray and two men looking at samurai swords (ddr-njpa-2-216)
img Stuart S. Murray and two men looking at samurai swords (ddr-njpa-2-216)
Caption on reverse: "HISTORIC SWORD: A Japanese samurai sword which was given to the Rev. Samuel Chenery Damon by Manjiro Nakahama about a century ago was presented to Rear Adm. S. S. Murray, commandant of the 14th naval district, at a brief ceremony yesterday afternoon at the Honolulu Academy of Arts by Samuel R. Damon, great …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 71, No. 25 (December 18, 1970) (ddr-pc-42-50)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 71, No. 25 (December 18, 1970) (ddr-pc-42-50)
Selected article titles: "East Coast history of Japanese to be distinctive contribution" (p. 1), "National Constitution Japanese American Citizens League" (p. 2), "JACL chapter presidents" (p. 4), "JACL Bowling Tournament Champions" (p. 7), "The JACL Story: For Better Americans in a Greater America" (p. 9), "Heart Mountain WRA Camp residents sound off before a Dies Committee …

Narrator Tom Matsuoka

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 …
Yeichi Nimura posing in costume (ddr-njpa-4-1404)
img Yeichi Nimura posing in costume (ddr-njpa-4-1404)
Caption on reverse [translation]: "Yeichi Nimura photo - Iris - Paris." Caption on reverse: "Today the dancers of the world can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and Nimura is one of them. He was born in Japan and educated in the United States, where he first achieved fame and where he originated his …
Shosuke Sasaki Interview (ddr-densho-1002-2)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview (ddr-densho-1002-2)
Issei male. Born 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 of …
Letter from Joikichi Yamanaka to Mr. S. Okine, April 13, 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-242)
doc Letter from Joikichi Yamanaka to Mr. S. Okine, April 13, 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-242)
A letter from Jokichi Yamanaka in Hiroshima, Japan to his brother-in-law, Seichi Okine. Jokichi Yamanaka updates on his family noting that his his daughter Tomomi graduated from school and works as an interpreter at the U.S. military camp, Camp Kure. Mr. Nakano's house construction starts on April 14 and 15 and he is going to help …
Ben Uyeno Interview (ddr-densho-1000-100)
vh Ben Uyeno Interview (ddr-densho-1000-100)
Nisei male. Born November 30, 1918, in Yakima, Washington. Spent two years of childhood in Japan. Returned to Seattle and became an active participant in Japanese American community life. Was attending the University of Washington when World War II started. Avoided incarceration with the help of the Friends (a Quaker organization), which hid him and helped …
Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 15, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-120)
doc Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 15, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-120)
A letter from Ayame Okine in Chicago, Illinois, to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne, California. In the letter, Ayame describes her job in Chicago. She assists in making cameras and helps to light tobaccos. Her work starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 4:30 PM, including a 20-minute break two times. She earns …

Narrator Mitsuye May Yamada

Female, child of Issei parents. Born July 5, 1923, in Fukuoka, Japan while her mother and two older Nisei brothers visited relatives. Named Mitsuye Mei Yasutake at birth. From age 3, grew up in Seattle, WA. Father employed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as interpreter for twenty years, until separated from family on December …
Paul Satoh Interview (ddr-densho-1021-9)
vh Paul Satoh Interview (ddr-densho-1021-9)
Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1936, Paul Satoh spent a happy childhood as the only child of a chemist and a homemaker. Satoh's extended family included an uncle who had studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his wife, a US-born Nikkei from Hawai'i who occasionally had received a "care pack from the United …

Narrator Paul Satoh

Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1936, Paul Satoh spent a happy childhood as the only child of a chemist and a homemaker. Satoh's extended family included an uncle who had studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his wife, a US-born Nikkei from Hawai'i who occasionally had received a "care pack from the United …
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