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George Ishibashi oral history interview
Ishibashi, George: interviewee
Kawasaki, Richard: interviewer
Date Created and/or Issued
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California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
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Richard Kawasaki interviewed George Ishibashi on January 23, 2004 at his home in Gardena, California. Ishibashi is a descendant of a family that pioneered dry farming in Palos Verdes and Kawasaki is also a descendant of another Palos Verdes farming family. George Ishibashi grew up on a farm in Palos Verdes, California. His father immigrated to the US in the late 1890s and leased his first farm in 1906. The family successfully grew peas and other crops without irrigation or tractors. Following Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor, the family's lease was unceremoniously ended. Ishibashi and his family were incarcerated in an incarceration camp in Poston, Arizona during WWII. Ishibashi left the camp to work sugar beet farms and was able to travel while on leave from the US Army. After the war, Ishibashi resettled in Palos Verdes leasing the same land his father farmed before the war. The land dwindled as residential development covered the peninsula. Ishibashi took jobs as a mechanic, was evicted from his farm a second time and eventually retired in Gardena, California. Ishibashi was interviewed as part of the South Bay History 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
2:05:20; 4 pages
audio/mpeg; application/pdf
Identity and values--Nisei
Immigration and citizenship--Arrival
Immigration and citizenship--Picture brides
Geographic communities--California
Industry and employment--Agriculture--Farming
Industry and employment--Fishing and canneries
World War II--Pearl Harbor and aftermath
World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation')
World War II--Incarceration camps
World War II--Military service--Recruiting and enlisting
World War II--Leaving camp--Work leave
World War II--Leaving camp--Returning home
Race and racism--Discrimination
Community activities--Associations and organizations--Japanese American Citizens League
Gardena, California
Incarceration Camps--Poston (Colorado River)
California State University, Long Beach
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
South Bay/Los Angeles Nisei

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