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An Oral History with Margaret Masuoka (audio)
Masuoka, Margaret: interviewee
Carrillo, Chuck: interviewer
California State University, Fullerton. Center for Oral and Public History: publisher
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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An interview with Margaret Masuoka, a volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), conducted for the Japanese American Project at California State Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. Specifically, this interview provides insight to Masuoka’s personal history dealing with the prejudice that she and her family faced due their Japanese ancestry; her family’s settlement in California in 1925; her childhood in Los Angeles and time spent in Santa Ana, California regarding the family’s business and Japanese community; her courtship with Dave Masuoka in the 1940s; and her feelings on the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. She describes her incarceration in the Santa Anita Temporary Assembly Center and in the Poston camp in southeastern Arizona; and her family’s togetherness during these periods of incarceration; her engagement to Dave Masuoka in the camps; her family’s journey to join her sisters in the Poston incarceration camp; her exit from the camp and process of finding a sponsor; her experience as a docent for JANM and of telling her story to her grandson’s class; Dave’s family history and his involvement in the Second World War; a close friend’s family and their involvement in 442nd army infantry known as the Japanese unit in World War II; the impact of this friendship and how it led to an exhibition in JANM; and her thoughts on the impact of this story on American history. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0048.
The Japanese American Oral History Project features oral histories with narrators who talk about their lives, pre and post World War II, but most specifically, about their experience being incarcerated in camps during World War II.
Interviews; Oral histories
Geographic communities--California
Geographic communities--Arizona
Identity and values--Family
Immigration and citizenship
Immigration and citizenship--Arrival
Community activities--Associations and organizations
Industry and employment--Journalism
Industry and employment--Educators
Race and racism--Discrimination
Reflections on the past
World War II--Incarceration camps--Living conditions
World War II--Leaving camp--'Resettlement
World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation')
World War II--Military service--442nd Regimental Combat Team
World War II--Pearl Harbor and aftermath
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Living conditions
Los Angeles, California
Santa Ana, California
Parker, Arizona
Chicago, Illinois
Temporary Assembly Centers--Santa Anita
Incarceration Camps--Poston (Colorado River)
CSU Fullerton Center for Oral and Public History

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