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George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Family background Segment 1 of 39 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Memories of childhood living at a sawmill camp Segment 2 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Helping with parents' hotel business Segment 3 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Description of family hotel: housed transitional workers Segment 4 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Memories of parents' hotel business: helping to stoke the boiler Segment 5 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Description of friends, Boy Scout activities Segment 6 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Activities during childhood: getting in a fight, relationship with Chinese community Segment 7 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Visiting Seattle, Washington, as a child Segment 8 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Mother's coping with limited English ability Segment 9 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Description of Japanese language school teachers Segment 10 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington The role of Christianity in the prewar Spokane community Segment 11 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Encounters with racism: discrimination at railroad company Segment 12 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington High school experience Segment 13 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Recreational activities in high school: dances, amusement parks, fishing Segment 14 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Reaction to bombing of Pearl Harbor: a racist encounter at a movie theater Segment 15 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Community reactions to Pearl Harbor; fears of FBI arrests Segment 16 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Encountering a train full of Japanese Americans being transported to an concentration camp Segment 17 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Being reclassified as an 'enemy alien' by the army: "I really felt betrayed" Segment 18 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Induction into basic training: two unsettling encounters Segment 19 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Memories of basic training: experiences with issues of race and discrimination Segment 20 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington First encounters with Japanese Americans from Hawaii Segment 21 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Working for Headquarters Company Segment 22 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Serving stateside with the Military Intelligence Service Segment 23 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Memories of the Military Intelligence Service Segment 24 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Visiting Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, during the war Segment 25 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Visiting Minneapolis while serving at Fort Snelling Segment 26 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Reactions to the end of the war; preparing to return home Segment 27 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Hearing of the loss of a childhood friend who was killed in action overseas Segment 28 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Returning to Spokane postwar: thoughts on changes in community, "new" Japanese Americans arriving Segment 29 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Deciding to enter the chick-sexing industry Segment 30 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Description of chick-sexing industry: "it was a fascinating career" Segment 31 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Working as a chick sexer in upstate New York Segment 32 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Description of Japanese American community in New York City postwar Segment 33 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington A discriminatory encounter involving the ROTC in college Segment 34 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Meeting future wife Segment 35 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Raising a family in upstate New York Segment 36 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Returning to Spokane, Washington: observing changes Segment 37 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Thoughts on the evolution of Spokane's Japanese American community Segment 38 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
George Yamada Interview
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Interview location: Spokane, Washington Reflections on future: spending time with wife Segment 39 of 39 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history