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Betty Morita Shibayama Interview

Date: October 27, 2003


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Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family background: grandfather "jumped ship" on way to Mexico and landed in Seattle, Washington Segment 1 of 44 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Mother's family background Segment 2 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of photographs of parents and grandparents Segment 3 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A close call at birth: initially pronounced dead, but saved by grandmother Segment 4 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of siblings Segment 5 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Early memories of growing up in the Hood River valley: ethnic composition of friends and neighbors Segment 6 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Attending Methodist church as a child in order to become more "Americanized" Segment 7 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Growing up on family farm, learning values from grandparents and parents Segment 8 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 9 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to school after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; memories of a teacher who came to visit in concentration camp Segment 10 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Fears of an FBI raid: burning Japanese cultural artifacts Segment 11 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of prewar Japanese community activities: mochitsuki and picnics Segment 12 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Reading of a flyer put out by the Hood River chief of police in the days following the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 13 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family reactions in the months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor; sister hastily getting married Segment 14 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Some positive memories of supportive Caucasian neighbors in the time leading up to mass removal Segment 15 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of mass removal as a child: just happy that the family was allowed to stay together Segment 16 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Pinedale
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington First impressions of the Pinedale Assembly Center: becoming sick from the heat Segment 17 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Pinedale
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Initial recollections from Tule Lake concentration camp Segment 18 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Attending school in Tule Lake; memories of a typical day in camp Segment 19 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Remembering family's discussions involving the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" Segment 20 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Moving to Minidoka concentration camp; several older siblings leave camp for the Midwest Segment 21 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington First impressions of Minidoka incarceration, Idaho Segment 22 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Attending grammar school in Minidoka; memories of a teacher who nearly used the term "Jap" Segment 23 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 24 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of the funeral service of a family friend who was killed while serving in the U.S. Military Intelligence Service Segment 25 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A younger sister is born in camp; mother stayed to work in camp while father went out to work in Oregon Segment 26 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting into some mischief with friends; one of the later families to leave camp Segment 27 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Leaving camp for Chicago and attending school there: "I just felt comfortable" Segment 28 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Parents find work in Chicago after the war Segment 29 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Living in Chicago, Illinois, postwar: ethnic composition of high school Segment 30 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Graduating from high school, meeting future husband and first hearing of the Japanese Peruvians Segment 31 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting engaged to a Japanese Peruvian who was not a U.S. citizen Segment 32 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Traveling to Florida for honeymoon, first encounter with racial segregation Segment 33 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning as a married couple to Chicago; having two children Segment 34 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Raising children in time of tumultuous race relations in Chicago Segment 35 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Deciding to move to San Jose, California in the 1970s; husband obtains his American citizenship Segment 36 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting involved in the Japanese American community in San Jose, California Segment 37 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on the redress movement; feeling happy for parents Segment 38 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Husband is denied redress as a Japanese Peruvian and begins to speak at public venues Segment 39 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Decision to not accept the Japanese Peruvians' settlement, and, with others, sue the government for redress Segment 40 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of attending Tule Lake pilgrimage in 1979 Segment 41 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Taking a trip to Japan in 1984, meeting relatives Segment 42 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Experiences lobbying congresspeople in Washington, D.C. on behalf of fight for Japanese Peruvian redress Segment 43 of 44 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on current events; message for younger generations: "if they see an injustice that they shouldn't stand by and let it happen" Segment 44 of 44 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history