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Finding aid of the Japanese-American Internment Oral Histories
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Endow, Bernice (b. 1921, Sacramento) Tule Lake Relocation Center.

Abstract: Endow had been studying nursing in the spring of 1942. She discusses her college search and difficulties finding a university accepting Japanese-Americans. She describes barracks and daily life in Tule Lake camp.

Fuji, June (b. 1931, Modesto) Gila River, and Tule Lake.

Abstract: Fuji was a child in the spring of 1942. Her father had been "taken away" because he was a "leader" in Stockton society. Contains list of items sent to father in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as long series of letters sent from his children and wife. Signed yearbook from Rohwer Relocation Center. Only notes and partial transcript available.

Hiramoto, Kinji (b. 1921, Lodi) Rohwer Relocation Center.

Abstract: Hiramoto had just graduated from high school in the spring of 1942. Details relocation process. Describes Stockton Assembly Center. Describes Japanese feelings of "shikata ga nai" reason for not revolting. Some information on Japanese American Citizens League.

Imai, Mary (b. 1930, Salt Lake City) and Ozzie(b.1924 San Francisco) Gila River and Poston Relocation Centers.

Abstract: Ozzie had graduated high school, and Mary was still a child in the spring of 1942. Ozzie was eventually drafted and worked in Japan as a member of the US Military.

Kawamura, Miyeko (b. 1934, Concord) Gila River Relocation Center.

Abstract: Kawamura was a child in the spring of 1942. She recalls medical services and experiences in the Relocation Center and discusses returning to Gila River in 1995. Contains a letter from the narrator's daughter with a Sansei (third generation) point of view regarding relocation. Also contains newspaper clippings from Lodi News Sentinel (1942, 1995), Pacific Citizen (1995), and The Arizona Republic (1995) concerning the Gila River Relocation Center.

Kurahara, Mary (b.1925) Rohwer Relocation Center. Nagagawa, Mary (b.1924) Rohwer Relocation Center. Noma, Yuriko (b.1927) Poston Relocation Center. Yashioko, Toshi (b.1925) Rohwer Relocation Center.

Abstract: This was a group interview. All were high school age in the spring of 1942. Stories of transport between relocation centers and camps.

Nakashima, Joan (b. c.1930) Tule Lake Relocation Camp.

Abstract: Nakashima was a child in the spring of 1942. Discusses the family's negative reception when assimilating back into civilian life in Idaho and Nebraska. Members of her extended family were placed in other camps. (no audio recording available)

Omachi, Joseph (b. 1910 Lommis) Gila River Relocation Camp.

Abstract: Omachi was a lawyer in the spring of 1942. Extensively examines current events in 2001 in relation to what was happening at the time of internment. (no audio recording available)

Sakai, Barry (b.1919 Stockton) Rohwer Relocation Center.

Abstract: Sakai was a student at UC Berkeley in the spring of 1942. Describes growing up in Stockton. Only partial transcript available.

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