Saburo and Marion Masada recount their story growing up in the incarceration camps during World War II and life before and after the war. They also tell the larger story of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II in general.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Sam Maeda is the oldest of three children. His family moved to Livingston, California when he was three months old. Growing up he was in the Boy Scouts and attended Livingston’s Methodist Church. In 1938 he married Yuri Fuji, who was from Berkeley. When war broke out they were sent to the Merced Assembly Center, […]
Discusses his father coming to the United States from Japan, to be adapted by an uncle. He recounts the story of a man on horseback with a shotgun who whipped his father’s cousin’s face with a rope. Talks about his father opening a fish market in Hanford that catered largely to Portuguese customers. After the […]