George and Jean Abe
George Abe talks about how his parents immigrated to the United States from Japan and settled in Del Rey and bought a farm. He talks about how they grew strawberries and raisins, and where he was when the Pearl Harbor attack happened. He discusses his family’s reaction to the war and experiences in the Rohwer War Relocation Center, before returning to their farm after the war.
He talks about his siblings and their education and his own school experiences. They both talk about how they met and married and Jean talks a little about her upbringing in Norwalk. George talks about becoming involved with the JACL before the war, being sent to the Fresno Assembly Center and then Rohwer. He talks about the loyalty questionnaire and pro-Japan and pro-America factions within the camp. He discusses almost being drafted before the war ended and returning to farming post-war and the contributions of the Nisei.