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Dale Minami Interview

Date: February 8, 2003


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Dale Minami Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family background: maternal and paternal grandparents from Kagoshima and Kumamoto prefectures in Japan Segment 1 of 45 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's life in Gardena, California: gardening and running a sporting goods store in Little Tokyo Segment 2 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Growing up in the "fairly multicultural" community of Gardena, California Segment 3 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Importance of sports in the Gardena, California community Segment 4 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Looking back on childhood: "I was extremely driven" Segment 5 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Influence of two older brothers on life Segment 6 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discussion of reasons for conformity and competitiveness in Gardena, California Segment 7 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Not fully understanding the history of the incarceration experience until law school; witnessing an emotional reaction from mother Segment 8 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Parents' ability to open up about their World War II experiences during the beginnings of the redress movement Segment 9 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Helping with early redress efforts while in law school Segment 10 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington College years: witnessing the riots in Watts, California, development of racial consciousness Segment 11 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Taking stance against the Vietnam War, avoiding the draft on a medical deferment Segment 12 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Enrolling at UC Berkeley Law School during a time of social turmoil Segment 13 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Adjusting to law school: learning the grading system, feeling alienated Segment 14 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Involvement in the push for affirmative action in law school Segment 15 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Feeling anger upon reading Korematsu v. U.S. in law school Segment 16 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Teaching Ethnic Studies classes immediately after graduating from law school Segment 17 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington After passing the bar exam, working to form the Asian Law Caucus Segment 18 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Early work of the Asian Law Caucus: using law as a political education tool Segment 19 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Representing Don Nakanishi in a tenure case against UCLA Segment 20 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Risks involved in the early cases of the Asian Law Caucus Segment 21 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Establishment of the Bay Area Attorneys for Redress (BAAR) Segment 22 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Beginnings of the coram nobis effort: contacted by Peter Irons Segment 23 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Initial meeting with Peter Irons, introduction to the idea of coram nobis Segment 24 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Reaction to Peter Irons' "smoking gun" documents regarding Korematsu: "I was stunned" Segment 25 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Formation of the coram nobis legal teams; discussion of legal strategy Segment 26 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington First impressions of Fred Korematsu; Fred's initial concern over the legal team's youth, lack of experience Segment 27 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discussion of decision to form three separate legal teams Segment 28 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Recalling a telephone conversation in which Dale "crossed swords" with Min Yasui Segment 29 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Style differences between the Korematsu lawyers and the legal teams in Seattle and Portland Segment 30 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Fundraising strategies for the coram nobis effort Segment 31 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Connections between the coram nobis litigation effort and the redress movement Segment 32 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Decision to file three separate cases; Fred and Kathryn Korematsu's rejection of a pardon: "We should be pardoning the government" Segment 33 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Media strategy in the coram nobis effort Segment 34 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 35 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Personal management style, conflicts with other members of the legal team Segment 36 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Gender dynamics and the legal team Segment 37 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Presenting Fred Korematsu's case in a larger political context: "this is an American story about civil rights" Segment 38 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Hearing on the petition before Judge Marilyn Hall Patel; writing the argument to be presented the following day Segment 39 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The government's repeated attempts to delay Korematsu's coram nobis case Segment 40 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The day of the hearing: Korematsu's conviction is reversed Segment 41 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Impact of the Korematsu coram nobis case, historically and personally Segment 42 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on being the chair of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Segment 43 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Impact of the original Korematsu case on current events Segment 44 of 45 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Reflections: the importance of history Segment 45 of 45 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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