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May Ota Higa Interview

Date: December 17, 2004


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May Ota Higa Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's immigration story: illegally entering U.S. as a contract laborer Segment 1 of 29 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's entrepreneurial spirit: becoming a "hotel king" Segment 2 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Mother's reluctance to immigrate to U.S., resourcefulness upon arrival Segment 3 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of siblings Segment 4 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Suffering financial difficulties during the Great Depression Segment 5 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 6 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of childhood neighborhood and recreational activities Segment 7 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of attending church as a child Segment 8 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Fond memories of grade school; being discouraged by a counselor from applying for college 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 Moving to Ellensburg, Washington, and attending college; experiencing discrimination by a professor 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 Memories of daily life in Ellensburg, Washington 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 Experiencing discrimination, prewar: barred from restaurants Segment 12 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of prewar interracial friendships Segment 13 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Difficulty finding a teaching job, deciding to go to Japan 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 Experiences living and teaching in Japan Segment 15 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 16 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Hearing of the bombing of Pearl Harbor while visiting with Japanese American soldiers 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 Restrictions after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; first impressions of Puyallup Assembly Center Segment 18 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Puyallup (Camp Harmony)
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Difficulties with mother's mental health condition in camp Segment 19 of 29 [ 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: experiencing housing discrimination Segment 20 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of siblings' post-camp experiences 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 Experiencing discrimination during job interviews 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 Experiences in New York: being interviewed by the War Department 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 Meeting an influential teacher and mentor at Columbia University 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 Meeting husband, getting married 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 Segment 26 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to Seattle, having children Segment 27 of 29 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Message for future generations: importance of compassion and integrity 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 Reaction to September 11, 2001 Segment 29 of 29 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history