Robert Ogata talks about his family, how his father’s side came from Fukuoka in Japan and his mother’s from Hiroshima and how they immigrated to the United States, how his parents met and married, first farming strawberries in Anaheim before moving to Selma. He discusses how his mother lost her citizenship by marrying an Issei, […]
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 […]
Ralph Kumano talks about his family origins in Japan and being born in the Gila River Relocation Center, working in the farm industry growing up, before working for the National Park Service and as a teacher. He discusses teaching in Southern California for 18 years before moving back to Fresno and teaching at Kings Canyon […]
Richard Imamura talks about his family history, his father growing up in Korea and Japan before moving to the United States, his mother experiencing incarceration during World War II and he and his family’s experiences with Judo.
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.
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 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 […]