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An Oral History with Lillie Y. McCabe (transcript)
McCabe, Lillie Y: interviewee
Yamada, Jeffrey B.: 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 oral history with Lillie Y. McCabe, an incarceree at the Santa Anita Temporary Assembly Center and the Granada (Amache) incarceration camp. The interview covers her childhood in Hollister, California, her family background; moving to Los Angeles, California in 1920 and marrying her husband, Ernest Yamada in 1928; how the outbreak of World War II affected the family, particularly the events that took place after Pearl Harbor; her transfer to Santa Anita and the conditions therein, and her recollections of the Santa Anita Riot of August 1942. She also discusses her husband’s role during the war; how other family members dealt with anti-Japanese discrimination; her further move to Amache in September of 1942 and the conditions there, including an incident where investigators came to interview her regarding camp life; life after camp, including moving back to Los Angeles, retrieving possessions, and finding work. She also describes the discrimination against Japanese people after the war and lessons she learned from being incarcerated. Part II of the interview covers the Anglo reverends and ministers who helped her while she was incarcerated at Amache, how they helped and how she met them; she mentions religion, and the religious community; she talks about the daily activities while she at Amache; how Japanese American men joined the US Military; she recalls life after leaving the incarceration camp, finding a place to live, and the amount of material things they had left once the war was over. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, CSU Fullerton. Audio is found in items: csufccop_jaoh_0030 and csufccop_jaoh_0031. Photograph is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0034.
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
39 pages, typescript
Geographic communities--California--Los Angeles
Geographic communities--Colorado
World War II--Incarceration camps
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers
Race and racism--Discrimination
Reflections on the past
World War II--Incarceration camps--Impact of incarceration
World War II--Leaving camp--'Resettlement
World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation')
World War II--Pearl Harbor and aftermath
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Living conditions
Religion and churches
Los Angeles, California
Amache, Colorado
Arcadia, California
Hollister, California
Incarceration Camps--Granada (Amache)
Temporary Assembly Centers--Santa Anita
CSU Fullerton Center for Oral and Public History
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
Japanese American Oral History Project Collection

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