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Date: September 22, 2009


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Cedrick M. Shimo Interview
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Interview location: Torrance, California Origins of name Segment 1 of 33 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Father's family background: owners of a huge sake brewery in Japan Segment 2 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Mother's family background: samurai origins Segment 3 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Torrance, California Moving with family to Los Angeles Segment 4 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Memories of the ethnically diverse neighborhood of Boyle Heights Segment 5 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Community activities: mother was Japanese language school teacher Segment 6 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Participating in kendo tournaments Segment 7 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Activities with the Boy Scouts Segment 8 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Participation in the Cougars, a community baseball league Segment 9 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Attending UCLA business school; developing a questionnaire regarding hiring prospects for Nisei Segment 10 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Nearly attending Keio University in Japan Segment 11 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Studying U.S.-Japan relations at Berkeley at onset of World War II Segment 12 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while attending Berkeley Segment 13 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Drafted into the military just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 14 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Hearing about the FBI arrest of father while in basic training Segment 15 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California The Military Intelligence Service Language School Segment 16 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Participating in angry bull sessions with Nisei soldiers: "why did we volunteer?" Segment 17 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Being kicked out of the Military Intelligence Service for refusal to serve overseas Segment 18 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California After refusing to serve overseas, demoted in rank and assigned a desk job Segment 19 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Reputation for outspoken demeanor while serving in the 1800 Engineering Battalion Segment 20 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Answering the question: "If Japan invaded the U.S., which side will you fight for?" Segment 21 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Receiving an honorable discharge Segment 22 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Meeting Mr. Finch: "he tried to convince me to get out of the outfit" Segment 23 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Looking for work after military discharge Segment 24 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Communicating with parents who were deported to Japan Segment 25 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Meeting future wife Segment 26 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Working for the U.S. division of Honda Segment 27 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Thoughts on the American public's backlash against Japanese automakers Segment 28 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Making speeches to groups about the Japan-bashing situation in the U.S. Segment 29 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Reasons for finally telling story of the 1800 Engineering Battalion Segment 30 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Working with the Japanese American National Museum to document the story of the 1800 Segment 31 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Receiving a prestigious award from the Japanese government: the Order of the Rising Sun Segment 32 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Torrance, California Reflections: "I'm back to my original ambition of trying to be a bridge between Japan and America" Segment 33 of 33 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history