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 […]
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, […]
Both talk about growing up and their life before World War II, being incarcerated at Amache and Gila River respectively during the war, Johnny’s time in the Military Intelligence Service and meeting each other after the war, getting married and their life since.
Talks about growing up and farming in Suisun, California and education at UC Berkeley and UC Davis, hearing about the Pearl Harbor and getting sent to the Merced Assembly Center and later Granada War Relocation Center. He discusses working on the center farm, the loyalty questionnaire and thinking about volunteering for the army but ultimately […]
Talks about growing up in Livingston, her family history, attending school and what she did for fun as a child. She talks about going to college at San Jose State, Pearl Harbor and getting the evacuation notice. She discusses being sent to the Merced Assembly Center and applying to Eastern colleges to get back to […]
Talks about being born in San Francisco, growing up in Cressey working on his family’s farm with his sisters. He discusses the evacuation and being sent to the Granada War Relocation Center before attending the University of Wyoming briefly before returning to farming as a sharecropper in Colorado. He talks about attending Japanese school and […]