Ken Taniguchi talks about being born in Fresno in 1951, attending Roeding Elementary, Cooper Junior High School and Fresno High School, then UC San Diego, UC Davis and then law school. He talks about his siblings, then about his paternal grandparents and how they immigrated from Wakayama Ken in Japan, and where his maternal grandparents […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Rumiko Arakawa relates her personal and family history, including her parents immigration from Japan, living in Dinuba before World War II, her family’s incarceration in the Poston War Relocation Center and life in Detroit during and after the war before returning to California.
Discusses his upbringing and early loss of his mother, working at a summer camp and being inspired by it and playing baseball in college. He talks about working as a coach and teacher before going into a partnership to open Riverway Ranch Camp, a children’s summer camp. He later bought Wonder Valley Ranch and raised […]