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.
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 […]
Saburo and Marion Masada recount their story growing up in the incarceration camps during World War II and life before and after the war. They also tell the larger story of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II in general.
Discusses his father coming to the United States from Japan, to be adapted by an uncle. He recounts the story of a man on horseback with a shotgun who whipped his father’s cousin’s face with a rope. Talks about his father opening a fish market in Hanford that catered largely to Portuguese customers. After the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Talks about growing up and farming in Brentwood, California, attending grammar school, the impact of the Great Depression and his father being labeled a “subversive” by the FBI after Pearl Harbor and arrested. He discusses Executive Order 9066, dropping out of school to help his family prepare for evacuation, his father’s arrest and being sent […]