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.
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 […]
Yutaka Yamamoto talks about his grandparents immigrating to the United States from Hiroshima, Japan, how his grandfather was a carpenter who fixed the doors of Fresno’s Chinatown’s gambling dens after police raids, Alien Land Laws and how they affected his father being able to buy a farm, the family’s laundry business, the Pearl Harbor attack, […]
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 […]
Talks about his parents immigrating to California from Japan, having two sisters in Japan and discusses his family’s incarceration in the Fresno Assembly Center and later the Jerome War Relocation Center. He talks about his father’s death during the war, his father’s participation in Japanese organizations and running a laundry business in Fresno before the […]
Talks about how his parents immigrated from Japan and settled in Livingston, how many siblings he has, growing up in Cressey, attending Livingston High School and Modesto Junior College prior to World War II breaking out. He discusses farming and the Great Depression, and hearing about Pearl Harbor. He talks about the evacuation, being sent […]