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Michael Shigeru Yasutake oral history interview
Yasutake, Michael Shigeru: interviewee
Ikejiri, Ron: interviewer
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California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
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Ron Ikejiri interviewed Michael S. Yasutake on May 13, 2004 at Yasutake's office in Culver City, California. Mike Yasutake was born in Long Beach, California and his family moved to the Gardena/Torrance area when he was 4. Later, in January 1941, Yasutake was drafted into the US Army and served during WWII as a translator and instructor with the Military Intelligence Service. He was involved in combat and intelligence missions in the South Pacific, China and Japan. Yasutke was interviewed as part of the South Bay Historical Project created by the South Bay Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.
Includes sixteen oral histories reflecting the various experiences of South Bay Issei and Nisei. Some grew up on farms and others in suburban area; some were incarcerated during WWII in incarceration camps and some spent all or part of the war working and living in other parts of the US or Japan. All of them returned to the South Bay after WWII and observed the changes that have occurred in area through the end of the twentieth century.
Oral histories; Interviews
01:42:13; 3 pages
audio/mpeg; application/pdf
Identity and values--Nisei
Geographic communities--California
World War II--Military service--Military Intelligence Service
World War II--Military service--Recruiting and enlisting
Military service--Postwar occupation of Japan
Community activities--Associations and organizations--Japanese American Citizens League
Culver City, California
California State University, Long Beach
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
South Bay/Los Angeles Nisei

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