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Frank Yamasaki Interview I

Date: August 18, 1997


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Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Description of parents' early life adjusting to the U.S. Segment 1 of 35 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Choosing an "American" name: from "Hideo" to "Frank" Segment 2 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Moving with family as a child: "we were all poor in that area, and it was home to me" Segment 3 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Ethnic make-up of childhood neighborhood; first exposure to Italian culture Segment 4 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Maintaining traditional Japanese community activities Segment 5 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Raising Nisei children within the community, Issei methods of parental control Segment 6 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Encountering racial discrimination: denial of access to public pool Segment 7 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Teenage "rites of passage": driving, smoking Segment 8 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Moving to Seattle, living in family's hotel Segment 9 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Language barriers: mother's difficulties with language and customs Segment 10 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Ostracization by classmates following bombing of Pearl Harbor: "I'm still bitter" Segment 11 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Preparing for mass removal: selling the family business and packing for the unknown Segment 12 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington "Evacuation day": "Everyone was dressed in their Sunday best" Segment 13 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Teenage activities in Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington Segment 14 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Puyallup (Camp Harmony)
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Former teacher visits camp: loss of "happy-go-lucky" adolescence in Puyallup Segment 15 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Puyallup (Camp Harmony)
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Quarantined for measles in Puyallup Assembly Center Segment 16 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Puyallup (Camp Harmony)
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Memories of assembly center: dances, friends Segment 17 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Puyallup (Camp Harmony)
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Memories of Minidoka concentration camp: sand everywhere, even in the food Segment 18 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Increased leisure time for the Issei in camp Segment 19 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Community life in Minidoka concentration camp: bands, sumo, Japanese crafts, and other activities Segment 20 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Deciding to leave camp and go to Spokane, Washington Segment 21 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Contracting tuberculosis and living in a sanitarium Segment 22 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Meeting Gordon Hirabayashi and gaining a civil rights perspective Segment 23 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Making the decision to resist the draft: "just pure gut" Segment 24 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Family's response to decision to resist the draft Segment 25 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Standing trial for resisting the draft: "it became a farce" Segment 26 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Resisting the draft on principle Segment 27 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Feelings upon being sentenced to prison for draft resistance: "it was a nightmare" Segment 28 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Serving sentence at McNeil Island Penitentiary for draft resistance, thoughts on other inmates Segment 29 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, McNeil Island Penitentiary
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Daily life at McNeil Island Penitentiary; work and visitors Segment 30 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, McNeil Island Penitentiary
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Issei struggles to start over after the war, impact on father Segment 31 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Career decisions upon being released from prison: interest in art Segment 32 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Intimidation by other Japanese Americans in response to wartime draft resistance Segment 33 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Starting over after the war: denial of all things Japanese, and attitude toward pardon of draft resisters Segment 34 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Frank Yamasaki Interview I
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Interview location: Lake Forest Park, Washington Words of wisdom: have compassion for all of humanity Segment 35 of 35 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history