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May Minami oral history interview
Minami, May: interviewee
Tanaka, Diane: 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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Diane Tanaka interviewed May Minami at her home in Gardena, California. At the time of the interview Minami was 89 years old. Ray Shibata monitored the recording equipment and Lily Nakatani took notes during the interview. May Minami has lived in Gardena, California most of her life; her father was the first person to sell insurance to other Japanese community members. During WWII, she endured the FBI arrests of her parents and lived in an incarceration camp in Rohwer, Arkansas. When she returned to Gardena after the war, her husband Sam opened a sporting goods store in Gardena where she worked for 25 years. Minami 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
02:02:18; 5 pages
audio/mpeg; application/pdf
Identity and values--Nisei
Geographic communities--California
Immigration and citizenship--Arrival
Industry and employment--Agriculture--Farming
World War II--Pearl Harbor and aftermath--Arrests, searches, and seizures
World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation')--Preparation
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers
World War II--Incarceration camps
World War II--Leaving camp--'Resettlement
Industry and employment--Retail
Community activities--Associations and organizations--Japanese American Citizens League
Gardena, California
Temporary Assembly Centers--Santa Anita
Incarceration Camps--Rohwer
Department of Justice Internment Camps--Santa Fe
California State University, Long Beach
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
South Bay/Los Angeles Nisei

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