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Date: July 3, 2004


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Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Family background: mother an older Nisei, born in California Segment 1 of 56 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Father's background in Japan: attended a prestigious high school Segment 2 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon After immigrating to the United States, father attends school to learn English, then graduates from college in three years Segment 3 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Parents met and married in California Segment 4 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Segment 5 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Childhood memories of Mount Eden, California: kenjinkai picnics, father is community's Japanese school teacher Segment 6 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Mother's role raising five children, taking odd jobs to supplement family income Segment 7 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Growing up in a neighborhood with kids of other ethnicities: "you're conscious that you're Japanese and you're different" Segment 8 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: after attending church, helping father burn possessions related to Japan Segment 9 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Destroying Japanese possessions: "We don't want anything that would incriminate us as being Japanese" Segment 10 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Father's arrest by the FBI: targeted because of childhood friendship with Japanese admiral Segment 11 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Returning to school after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, getting in fights with other students over racist name-calling Segment 12 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Preparing for mass removal: "It was panic and chaos" Segment 13 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon The day of mass removal, receiving aid from a Jewish man Segment 14 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Memories of mass removal: "Gee, where's my rights? What's happening to me?" Segment 15 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tanforan
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Observing the generational shift in camp: Nisei take over the primary roles, while Issei are supporting Segment 16 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tanforan
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Discussion with father on journey to Topaz concentration camp, father indicates desire to leave camp as soon as possible Segment 17 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Topaz (Central Utah)
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Arrival at Topaz concentration camp: "desolate, dry, dusty" Segment 18 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Topaz (Central Utah)
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Attending school in camp, interviewing school faculty as class reporter Segment 19 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Topaz (Central Utah)
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Memories of father's friend who was shot and killed by a sentry in camp Segment 20 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Topaz (Central Utah)
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon The confusing questions 27 and 28 on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" Segment 21 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Topaz (Central Utah)
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Father vocally protests conditions in camp, and is questioned by FBI regarding allegations made against him Segment 22 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Topaz (Central Utah)
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Father decides to volunteer to go to Japan, wife and children insist on accompanying him Segment 23 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Topaz (Central Utah)
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Feeling shocked upon hearing of family's decision to go to Japan; labeled a "disloyal" by peers Segment 24 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Topaz (Central Utah)
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Talking with father on journey to Tule Lake concentration camp, the so-called "segregation camp" Segment 25 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Arrival at Tule Lake, witnessing confusion as many people are arriving and leaving Segment 26 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Witnessing the "chaos" of Tule Lake: disputes between factions of people Segment 27 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Father forms a small group to propose to the camp administration the idea of "resegregating" Tule Lake, separating the pro-Japanese factions from everyone else Segment 28 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Father circulates a petition to support his resegregation idea after the camp administration rejects it; obtains 6,500 signatures Segment 29 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Formation of the Sokoku Kenkyu Seinen Dan, the Young Men's Association for the Study of the Motherland Segment 30 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Joining father's organization, the Kenkyu Seinen Dan: shaving head, forming a bugle corps, and marching in drills Segment 31 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Hearing about the murder of a suspected informant in camp Segment 32 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon A shift in the objectives and leadership of the pro-Japan organizations after announcement that people would be allowed to renounce their U.S. citizenship Segment 33 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Observing changes in the pro-Japan organizations during the institution of the renunciation program Segment 34 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Father arrested by the FBI and removed from Tule Lake along with sixty-nine others Segment 35 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Personal feelings after father's arrest: angry, but "kind of proud" Segment 36 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Witnessing the frenzy of people applying to renounce their U.S. citizenship Segment 37 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Mother communicates via coded letters to try to discover father's whereabouts after his removal from Tule Lake Segment 38 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Observing mother's peers turning against her after her husband's arrest and removal from Tule Lake Segment 39 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon An emotional reunion with father on ship bound for Japan Segment 40 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Preparing for life in Japan: learning the language, feeling worried Segment 41 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Arrival in Japan: confronted with poverty and despair: "it was a dismal, dismal situation" Segment 42 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Initial experiences in Japan: freezing cold, living on army surplus rations Segment 43 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Life in Japan, postwar: working for a land reclamation project, then finding a job with a Japanese construction company as an interpreter Segment 44 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Working for the Saga Prefecture military government, encouraged by boss to return to the United States Segment 45 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Reflecting on father's immigration experience upon own return to U.S. Segment 46 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Gaining father's approval to leave Japan and return to the U.S.: "he gave me his blessing" Segment 47 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Tom Akashi Interview
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Mother and siblings eventually return to live in United States, father chooses to remain in Japan for rest of his life Segment 48 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Mother's postwar life in San Francisco, California Segment 49 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Writing a book about personal experiences and life of father as "a gift to my children and my grandchildren" Segment 50 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Many years later, piecing together father's wartime experiences in a Department of Justice internment camp Segment 51 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Recounting father's experiences at the Fort Stanton internment camp Segment 52 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Fort Stanton
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Description of Fort Stanton internment camp Segment 53 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Fort Stanton
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Segment 54 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Thoughts on current events and the aftermath of September 11, 2001: "history is repeating itself" Segment 55 of 56 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Klamath Falls, Oregon Reflections on life experiences Segment 56 of 56 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history