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Ron Magden Interview

Date: June 15, 2004


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Ron Magden Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Born in 1926 in Idaho, one of three children Segment 1 of 36 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Influence of mother's writing on life choices Segment 2 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Parents' meeting in the 1920s Segment 3 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Early memories: living in a tent during the Great Depression, living during summers with a Finnish family Segment 4 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Working as a newspaper boy at age nine Segment 5 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An independent spirit at a young age; father left family, hitchhiking to visit him Segment 6 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Mother's influence regarding race relations, no tolerance for bigotry Segment 7 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Early years of World War II: questioning the isolationist slant to articles in newspapers Segment 8 of 36 [ 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 bombing of Pearl Harbor: hearing rumors, watching people enlist in military service Segment 9 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Living in Boise, Idaho, after December 7, 1941: observing racist attitudes towards Japanese Americans Segment 10 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Boise residents' reactions to so-called "voluntary evacuation" of Japanese Americans from the West Coast to Idaho Segment 11 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A "news blanket" on Minidoka: Boise residents were not told much about the establishment of the Minidoka concentration camp Segment 12 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Experiences in high school on a solo five-week road trip: discovering love of travel Segment 13 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Mother's influence upon decision attend the University of Idaho instead of enlisting in the merchant marines Segment 14 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Meeting future wife in college and getting married; converting to Catholicism Segment 15 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Upon graduation from college, took a teaching job in Orofino, Idaho; experiences with Native Americans in the student population Segment 16 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Washington amidst the anti-Communist period in the 1950s Segment 17 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting in "trouble" while teaching in the Renton school district because of views on Communism Segment 18 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The influence of Brown v. Board of Education on race relations policies at Renton high school; working for an open-minded principal Segment 19 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discussion of teaching style: "I tried to make the classroom an exciting place" Segment 20 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Writing dissertation while raising a family and teaching full-time Segment 21 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Choosing to teach at Tacoma Community College after earning Ph.D. Segment 22 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Being asked to write a book on the history of the Longshoreman's Union in Washington state: a skeptical reception at first Segment 23 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Positive reception of the longshoremen to book about their history Segment 24 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Examining a book written by an Issei detailing the prewar history of the Japanese community in Tacoma, Washington Segment 25 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Being asked to write a book on the history of the Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans in Tacoma, Washington Segment 26 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The process of writing Furusato, a history of the Japanese Community in Tacoma, Washington Segment 27 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The completion of Furusato: rigorous research into historical details such as the Japanese leasing of land Segment 28 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Interviewing Dave Beck, an influential leader of the Teamsters Union in Washington state, for a book on the history of the teamsters Segment 29 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discussion of teamster leader Dave Beck's history of stopping Japanese farmers from driving their crops into Western Washington Segment 30 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Experiences interviewing teamsters to capture their history Segment 31 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Involvement in writing a book on the history of the Seattle Buddhist Temple Segment 32 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Comparing the history of the Tacoma Japanese Americans to that of the Seattleites Segment 33 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Working to correct the records of Japanese Americans from Tacoma and Pierce County killed in World War II, with the aim of eventually erecting a monument Segment 34 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discussion of personal interest: examining how history is remembered by individuals, and how personal recollections can change dramatically over time Segment 35 of 36 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Reflections: "I look at history as building blocks" Segment 36 of 36 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history