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An Oral History with Norman Y. Mineta
Mineta, Norman Yoshio, 1931-: interviewee
Griffith, Duff: 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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Copyright held by Center for Oral and Public History. Researchers are welcome to utilize short excerpts from this transcription without obtaining permission as long as proper credit is given to the interviewee, the interviewer, and the Center for Oral and Public History. Permission for extensive use of the transcription and related materials, duplication, and/or reproduction can be obtained by contacting the Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, PO Box 6846, Fullerton CA 92834-6846. Email:
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.
Interviews; Oral histories
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
San Jose, California
CSU Fullerton Center for Oral and Public History

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