Talks about growing up and farming in Suisun, California and education at UC Berkeley and UC Davis, hearing about the Pearl Harbor and getting sent to the Merced Assembly Center and later Granada War Relocation Center.  He discusses working on the center farm, the loyalty questionnaire and thinking about volunteering for the army but ultimately […]

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Talks about family history and growing up in the valley, being educated in Japan and Fresno State, attempting to volunteer for the army medical corps after Pearl Harbor.  He discusses being incarcerated in the Fresno Assembly Center and the Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas, teaching at the University of Michigan and finally being accepted […]

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Sherman Kishi is the fourth of five children.  His father failed to get into Officer Candidate School in Japan, and so decided to come to the United States, bringing his wife with him from an arranged marriage.  He talks about church and watching movies during the Great Depression, of playing sports, and community rivalries.  While […]

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Discusses being born in Livingston, Montana, and being sent to Japan to live with his grandparents at age five for a Kibei education.  He returned to the United States at age 18 and worked in the vineyards in Sanger, California.  He speaks of the difficulty of transitioning back-and-forth between Japanese and English speaking environments.  Talks […]

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Discusses practicing law since 1946.  Handled one of the first workers compensation lawsuits in Fresno.  He discusses raising his children and talks about his grandchildren.  Imparts the difficulties he encountered when attempting to join various organizations over the years, including becoming a Mason, joining the American Legion, and the United Japanese Christian Church. View Part […]

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Born in Fresno in 1922, where he spent most of his life.  His father, from Hiroshima, opened the Aki Company General Merchandise Store with his brother.  Satoshi is the oldest of three, and has a brother and a sister.  He attended Fresno High School, then Fresno State for a year and a half when World […]

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Discusses his parents from Fukuoka, Japan, and being one of nine children, seven of whom survived.  He reminisces about his friendship with Henry Harry Welsh, a retired lawyer, and talks about several legal issues ranging from property taxes and eviction to labor laws and Oliver Wendel Holmes.  Imparts the difficulties of getting into school politics […]

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Sadawo Yonaki’s father was from Okinawa and immigrated to Mexico to work in coal mines, then moved on to the U.S. in 1905.  He went back to Japan and returned with his new wife in 1914.  Sadawo is the second of five children, born in Baldwin Park, California in 1917.  They lived in Earlimart and […]

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