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Date: March 10, 2004


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Arthur Ogami Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family background: parents' immigration from Japan to Whittier, California Segment 1 of 42 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Early memories of childhood: speaking mixed Japanese and English, visiting family friends on a farm Segment 2 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of mother's difficulties with the English language Segment 3 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Moving to Montebello, California during the period of the Great Depression Segment 4 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Values passed on from parents: don't do anything to "smear the family name" Segment 5 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Taking a typing class from Patricia Ryan, prior to her becoming the wife of President Richard Nixon Segment 6 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 7 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Hearing of the onset of World War II: "I was devastated" Segment 8 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington In preparation for mass removal, volunteering to help fill out registration applications for community families Segment 9 of 42 [ 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 bus trip from Burbank, California, to Manzanar concentration camp, California: a pit stop in the desert Segment 10 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Manzanar
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Initially having to share a barracks room with another family in Manzanar concentration camp, California Segment 11 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Manzanar
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Mealtime at Manzanar concentration camp, California Segment 12 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Manzanar
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Jobs in Manzanar: working in the freight office, then leaving camp to top sugar beets in Montana Segment 13 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Manzanar
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Being away from camp during the "Manzanar riot," hearing about it from others Segment 14 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Manzanar
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's work in Manzanar designing and landscaping the hospital garden Segment 15 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Manzanar
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family's experiences in Manzanar concentration camp, California Segment 16 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Manzanar
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Experiences on a second sugar beet topping job in Idaho Segment 17 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Manzanar
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The so-called "loyalty questionnaire": mother wants Arthur to answer "no-no" to questions 27 and 28, has his answers changed by the reviewing officer Segment 18 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Manzanar
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Making the decision to move to Japan per mother's wishes Segment 19 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Manzanar
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Being transferred to Tule Lake concentration camp, California Segment 20 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Involvement in the Hokoku Seinendan, a militaristic, pro-Japanese group in Tule Lake Segment 21 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 22 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Procedures involved in renouncing U.S. citizenship and preparing for expatriation to Japan: changing family name Segment 23 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Given very little notice of impending transfer to Bismarck, North Dakota, a Department of Justice camp Segment 24 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Fort Lincoln (Bismarck)
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Transferred with brother to Bismarck, North Dakota, a Department of Justice camp Segment 25 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Fort Lincoln (Bismarck)
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Conditions in Bismarck internment camp: meeting people from other countries, swimming in a heated pool Segment 26 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Fort Lincoln (Bismarck)
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Undergoing an interview prior to expatriation: questioned regarding possibly joining the Japanese Imperial Army Segment 27 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Fort Lincoln (Bismarck)
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Passing the time in Bismarck internment camp: playing baseball, studying Japanese language Segment 28 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Fort Lincoln (Bismarck)
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Hearing news of the end of the war; father did not believe that Japan had surrendered Segment 29 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Fort Lincoln (Bismarck)
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A difficult journey by boat to Japan Segment 30 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 31 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Disembarking in Japan: staying behind at the port to help unload baggage Segment 32 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Traveling by train to family home in Fukuoka in early 1946, witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of the war Segment 33 of 42 [ 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 father's childhood home in Fukuoka, Japan Segment 34 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Landing a job at a U.S. military hospital in Fukuoka, Japan Segment 35 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 36 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Seizing an opportunity to have U.S. citizenship reinstated and returning to the United States Segment 37 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of time spent in Japan: encountering the black market system Segment 38 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to Los Angeles, California, from Japan in 1953, finding a job a day after arriving Segment 39 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Raising three children, including an adopted daughter Segment 40 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Experiences speaking about World War II experiences to schoolchildren Segment 41 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Feelings upon receiving redress: "the apology is just a piece of paper" Segment 42 of 42 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history