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 […]
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 […]
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 […]