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 […]
Kerry Yo Nakagawa talks about growing up in Fowler, his education, family, his family’s business in Fresno’s Chinatown and how their Danish neighbors looked after their farm and stood up for them against discrimination during World War II. He discusses how his family went to the Fresno Assembly Center, baseball in the Japanese American community, […]
Talks about his father’s friendship with Ray Yasui, the effects his father’s experiences at the Fresno Assembly Center and how it has affected his family, particularly his son’s decision to study in Japan.
Talks about his family’s experiences prior to, during and after World War II, including his parents’ involvement in the JACL, their experience voluntarily relocating to Minnesota during the war, the discrimination they faced and how they rebuilt after the war was over.
Talks about his father, Walter Pollock senior’s experiences as service director for the Fresno Assembly Center and how it profoundly affected him for the remainder of his life. He discusses his fathers papers and how Walter Pollock senior collected information on the incarceration of Japanese Americans and had planned to write a book based on […]
Talks about family history and growing up in the valley, being educated in Japan and Fresno State, attempting to volunteer for the army medical corps after Pearl Harbor. He discusses being incarcerated in the Fresno Assembly Center and the Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas, teaching at the University of Michigan and finally being accepted […]
Born in Fresno in 1922, where he spent most of his life. His father, from Hiroshima, opened the Aki Company General Merchandise Store with his brother. Satoshi is the oldest of three, and has a brother and a sister. He attended Fresno High School, then Fresno State for a year and a half when World […]