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Father’s Postwar Barber Career

Willie Ito August 26, 2015

After the war, my father established himself as a barber. While in camp, he felt, …


Japanese were not welcomed back to Salinas

Tom Yuki March 22, 2018

Politically speaking, Salinas was also taken over by the people from Oklahoma, the Dustbowl people …


Felt no hostility in Los Gatos, California after the war

Tom Yuki March 22, 2018

Los Gatos in San Jose was a lot friendlier to the Japanese so we didn’t …


Able to settle easily in Los Gatos with foresight and luck

Tom Yuki March 22, 2018

He (my father) knew that we were American citizens and so we were going to …


Moving to Cincinnati after Topaz

Kay Sekimachi November 23, 2018

High school in Topaz, all I know is I just wanted to get out. As …


Facing Prejudice as a Japanese American Teenager in Chicago after the War

Takayo Fischer November 8, 2018

In Chicago, there was a lot of – still a lot of prejudice. I remember …


Being Confused about Racial Identity in Postwar United States

Takayo Fischer November 8, 2018

You’re – I’m American, but I was – for years, you know, you wonder. I …


Reuniting with parents in America

Howard Kakita September 3, 2019

Probably around January of 1948, they told us that we had to return to United …


Adjustment to American life

Howard Kakita September 3, 2019

We arrived in San Francisco okay. As we got off the ship, our parents found …



Masato Ninomiya September 19, 2019

結局私の父は7人家族なんですけど、ある時5人までブラジルに行ってた時期があるんですね。二宮コトと言うのがいて、これはだから私の父の姉ですね。それから私の父の二つ年上の二宮トクイチと言うのがいまして、これ全員、そのくましたはるみと言うその私の叔父の構成家族として1926年か27年にブラジルへ行ってるんですね。 で、まぁ二宮コトは「しむた」と言うまあ福岡県出身の人と、ブラジルで結婚した。 1952年の2年の終わりか1953年の初めに日本へやってきたそのしむた夫妻がものすごいお金持ちに見えて、彼らはまあ私たちの生活を見て、「こんなものはもうブラジルの方がもっといいと。日本はもう戦争に負けて、もう日本に未来はないからブラジルに来ればいい生活ができる」みたいなことを言ったんですかね。それでまあ、うちの両親は、まぁその言葉になんて言いますかねぇ、乗せられてですね「それでじゃあブラジルに行こうか」と。 1953年の11月28日にアメリカ丸と言う船で横浜を出て、それで1954年の1月16日にサントスに着いたんですね。

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