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Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview

Date: August 3 & 4, 2003


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Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Family background: father came to United States from Japan to help with the family business Segment 1 of 49 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Parents married in Japan, mother immigrates to United States as a "treaty merchant" Segment 2 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Birthdate changed by mother due to Japanese customs Segment 3 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Growing up in Seattle, Washington Segment 4 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Explanation of names; speaking Japanese while growing up Segment 5 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Taking lessons as a child: sewing and piano Segment 6 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Living in Japan for fifteen months as a child Segment 7 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Returning to the United States, attending junior high school and Japanese language school Segment 8 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Ethnic composition of students in junior high school: "I was always aware that I was Japanese" Segment 9 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Generosity of father, description of his eagerness to learn new things Segment 10 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Holiday celebrations, attending the Episcopal church Segment 11 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Entrepreneurial spirit of father Segment 12 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Description of the Pacific Market, father's business Segment 13 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Participation in kenjinkai activities; advantages of father's wholesale connections Segment 14 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Little awareness of the war in Europe and Asia before the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 15 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: mother's fear of deportation, parents' "demeanor was so different" Segment 16 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington FBI picks up father, ransacks family home Segment 17 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Visiting father at the immigration office: he passes a clandestine message to mother Segment 18 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Father sent to Department of Justice camp in Missoula, Montana Segment 19 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Fort Missoula
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Preparing for mass removal: sadness at selling belongings such as a piano, feeling a slight thrill when buying new suitcases Segment 20 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Seeing a photo of father being picked up by FBI in local newspaper; coping with life without father Segment 21 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Segment 22 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Dealing with the difficulties of living in the Puyallup Assembly Center, new responsibilities as the oldest child at age fourteen Segment 23 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Puyallup (Camp Harmony)
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Moving to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho: MPs with guns, crowded conditions, dust Segment 24 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Keeping busy in camp: joining a knitting circle, reading magazines Segment 25 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Attending a makeshift high school in camp: "it was a very sparse situation" Segment 26 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Segment 27 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Receiving censored letters from father; feeling the uncertainty of future Segment 28 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Reunion with father in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho: "it's a bittersweet situation" Segment 29 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Leaving for Japan on the SS Gripsholm, part of the U.S. government-sponsored "exchange" Segment 30 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Stopping in Goa, India, to board the Japanese troop ship Teiya maru; memories of terrible food, Japanese language classes Segment 31 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Living in father's family home in Japan during the war Segment 32 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Living in Japan during the war: leaving the family home and moving into a house built by father Segment 33 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Attending high school in Japan, being singled out as an American Segment 34 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Adjusting to life as an American in Japan Segment 35 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Watching as bombs were being dropped on neighboring cities: participating in air raid drills, feeling numb, desensitized Segment 36 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Participating in military drills in school in Japan; hearing anti-American propaganda from a teacher Segment 37 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Contracting a serious case of pleurisy, leaving school and working in a factory to help the war effort Segment 38 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Learning of oldest brother's life in Japan and his participation in the clean up after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima; reaction to hearing of the end of the war Segment 39 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Father's work as a liaison between the Japanese police and the American occupation forces Segment 40 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Acting as an interpreter for the American occupation officers who came to the high school Segment 41 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Attending Doshisha University in Japan after the war; dealing with the scarcity of food Segment 42 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Working for a U.S. army station hospital library; seizing an opportunity to return to the United States Segment 43 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Returning to the United States: enrolling in St. Mary's teaching hospital as a student nurse Segment 44 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Studying at St. Mary's teaching hospital; participating in social activities Segment 45 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Meeting future husband at a New Year's dance Segment 46 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Doing research in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to track down and recover father's assets from before the war Segment 47 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Receiving a letter stating denial of redress, deciding to file a lawsuit Segment 48 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: SeaTac, Washington & Seattle, Washington Filing a class-action lawsuit to receive redress, finally succeeding in 1996 Segment 49 of 49 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history