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Robert Coombs Interview

Date: August 2, 2003


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Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Family background: parents met and married in Los Angeles, California Segment 1 of 33 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Growing up in Sacramento, California, losing father at an early age Segment 2 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Fond memories of grade school: "your teachers were your friends" Segment 3 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Growing up with exposure to a few different ethnic groups in school Segment 4 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Attending junior high and high school in "bungalow schools" Segment 5 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Emerging interest in drama classes and stage acting in school Segment 6 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Learning to be self-sufficient while attending the University of Southern California Segment 7 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Participating in the development of the new progressive education theory at Stanford University Segment 8 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Unable to serve in the military when drafted due to medical problems; suspecting that the U.S. would eventually become involved in World War II Segment 9 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Memories of December 7, 1941: "it was a shock" Segment 10 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Teaching high school after the outbreak of war, feeling sadness when Japanese American students were taken out of school Segment 11 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Being accepted to teach at the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho: "I was thrilled" Segment 12 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Encountering mixed reactions when telling others of decision to teach at Minidoka concentration camp Segment 13 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Traveling to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, choosing to live within the camp itself Segment 14 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington First impressions of Minidoka; meeting Jerome Light Segment 15 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Participating in a new style of education, teaching core classes at Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho Segment 16 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Description of the incarcerated children working out on neighboring sugar beet farms; physical description of school conditions Segment 17 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Segment 18 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Description of a typical day of teaching in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho Segment 19 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Mother comes to visit in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho Segment 20 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Thoughts on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" Segment 21 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Encouraging Japanese American students to believe in a positive future Segment 22 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Unique challenge of teaching Japanese American students about democracy while in a concentration camp: democracy in the U.S. is "imperfect" Segment 23 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Encountering prejudice while in Twin Falls, Idaho, buying goods for the Japanese Americans in Minidoka Segment 24 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington As Minidoka concentration camp closed, leaving for a teaching job in California Segment 25 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Thoughts on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: "that bomb is still a horrible thing" Segment 26 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Getting married on Christmas Day, having three children Segment 27 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Segment 28 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Observing a youth services program in California, postwar Segment 29 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Reaction to hearing about the redress and reparations received by Japanese Americans: "it's about time" Segment 30 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Robert Coombs Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Segment 31 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Thoughts on September 11, 2001 Segment 32 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington Sharing wartime experiences with children Segment 33 of 33 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history