Debbie Ikeda

Debbie Ikeda talks about her family and educational background, the Valley’s educational needs, how her grandfather immigrated to the United States, settling in Santa Monica and starting a nursery. She talks about how her family was sent to the Manzanar War Relocation Center, the photographer Toyo Miyatake, and Mexican American Ralph Lazzo who decided to accompany his friend to Manzanar. She talks about how her husband, Dale Ikeda’s family was sent to the Fresno Assembly Center and then the Jerome War Relocation Center, how three of her uncles joined the 442nd and were wounded in action, her family leaving camp and moving to Chicago and her being born there. She discusses her college education and the Vietnam War protests. She discusses her early career in education, her joining the JACL and meeting her husband through that organization and raising a family in the Fresno area and the benefits of it. She describes her involvement in the JACL’s redress and reparations efforts and the importance of giving back to the community.

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