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Charles Z. Smith Interview

Date: August 13, 2004


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Charles Z. Smith Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family background: "son of a Cuban immigrant and an African American mother" Segment 1 of 29 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Ethnic identity growing up: son of a Cuban immigrant Segment 2 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Growing up in a segregated town: "the world was divided between whites and blacks" Segment 3 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Musical background as a child: familiarity with African American spirituals Segment 4 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A voracious appetite for reading as a child; starting school at age three Segment 5 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Starting college at age fourteen under guidance of mentor, Dr. William H. Gray, Jr. Segment 6 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Influence of mentor over a ten-year period: age fourteen to twenty-four Segment 7 of 29 [ 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 bombing of Pearl Harbor: "my thoughts were generated largely by the war propaganda" Segment 8 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Enlisting in U.S. army as part of "rebellion" against mentor's influence Segment 9 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Serving in segregated military system: witnessing unequal treatment based on race Segment 10 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Deciding to attend law school at the University of Washington; thoughts on moving to Seattle Segment 11 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Law school experience at the University of Washington: feeling satisfied with legal career choice Segment 12 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Charles Z. Smith Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington First exposure to the Asian American experience through friends in Seattle, Washington Segment 13 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Learning about the Japanese American incarceration experience: participating in the first Day of Remembrance ceremonies Segment 14 of 29 [ 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 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilian redress hearings: "it was moving, absolutely moving" Segment 15 of 29 [ 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 while still in law school Segment 16 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Serving on the legal team in the prosecution of Dave Beck of the Teamsters union Segment 17 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Serving as Special Assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy in Washington, D.C.; working to prosecute James Hoffa Segment 18 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Investigating James Hoffa: security issues Segment 19 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Serving in the Justice Department during the Civil Rights movement, but not directly participating Segment 20 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Observing the Civil Rights March on Washington from home: "I regret that I missed it" Segment 21 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An emotional reaction: remembering the assassination of Robert Kennedy Segment 22 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on difficult social issues in the United States: assassinations, racial lynchings, murders Segment 23 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Message to young people: importance of public service Segment 24 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Lessons from the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans: be wary of inaccurate interpretations of history Segment 25 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discussion of important current issues in the world Segment 26 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The legacy of Justice Charles Z. Smith Segment 27 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on Japanese American redress: "I was literally stunned" Segment 28 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington African American versus Japanese American redress: "I think the only thing they have in common is the demand for redress" Segment 29 of 29 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history