Paul Saito

Paul Saito talks about his family history starting with his grandparents and their immigrating to the United States, where they were from in Japan, how some of his uncles were educated in Japan as Kibeis, the Pearl Harbor attack and the subsequent evacuation, his experiences in the Santa Anita Assembly Center, the journey from there to Arkansas and life in the Rowher War Relocation Center. He discusses the loyalty questionnaire and returning to California after the war, studying at Cal Poly Pomona, joining the Air National Guard and becoming a landscape architect and designing the Shinzen Garden in Fresno and later starting his own firm doing architecture in Fresno, his work regarding memorials for the assembly centers in Fresno and redress and reparation efforts and his hope for a Japanese Cultural Center to be built in Fresno.

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