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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Talks about growing up in Livingston on the Yamato Colony in a large family, working on his family’s farm, talks about discrimination before the war, attending Japanese School, church and other social activities in the Japanese American community in Livingston. He talks about his early education, learning both Japanese and English, his service and injuries […]
Talks about growing up before World War II and his family history, his incarceration in the Poston War Relocation Center and subsequent military service in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and life after the war. Video only exists for the second part of the interview.
Talks about life before World War II and his family history, his wartime experiences with incarceration at the Gila River War Relocation Center, his military service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and his life after the war, including the effect of redress and reparations.
Talks about his father immigrating to the U.S. in 1902, experiencing the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, returning to Japan to marry his wife and moving to Oakland. He discusses his siblings, his family’s move to Livingston in 1919 and difficulties buying land to farm under the Alien Land Law. He discusses growing up and playing […]