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Japanese American congressman, representing the Thirteenth Congressional District of California, born and raised in San Jose, California, discusses his early life, graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, and receiving a commission and serving in the armed forces from 1953-1956. Recalls the removal, "relocation," and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming, from 1942-1943; his family’s move to the Chicago area for father’s employment; and the return to the West Coast. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, CSU Fullerton; interview was conducted by Duff Griffith. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0008. 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.
Activism and involvement--Politics Education--Higher education Geographic communities--Wyoming Geographic communities--California--San Jose Geographic communities--Illinois--Chicago Military service--Post-World War II service Reflections on the past World War II--Incarceration camps World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation') World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--The journey Immigration and citizenship World War II--Pearl Harbor and aftermath World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation')--Preparation World War II--Incarceration camps--Living conditions World War II--Incarceration camps--Food World War II--Japanese American Citizen League activities World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Conflicts, intimidation, and violence World War II--Incarceration camps--Social and recreational activities Race and racism Race and racism--Discrimination Identity and values--Nisei