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Toshiko Kubota oral history interview
Kubota, Toshiko: interviewee
Sato, Dale: 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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Dale Sato interviewed Toshiko Kubota on March 31, 2004 at her home in Gardena, California. Yoko Okunishi monitored the recording equipment and both Okunishi and Sato took notes during the interview. Toshiko Kubota was born in Wilmington but spent most of her life in Gardena, California where she was a single career woman. She describes a comfortable life in a close-knit family of three daughters. Kubota's father worked as a car salesman in Los Angeles while her mother worked as a seamstress. In 1942, the family volunteered for early incarceration at an incarceration camp at Manzanar, California. While incarcerated, Kubota graduated from Manzanar High School. When Manzanar was closed, she moved to Seabrook Farms in New Jersey to join her parents and worked there. Her family returned to Los Angeles in March 1946. Kubota retired as a financial analyst after working 46 years for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Kubota 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
02:11:44; 4 pages
audio/mpeg; application/pdf
Identity and values--Nisei
Geographic communities--California
World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation')
World War II--Incarceration camps
Geographic communities--New Jersey--Seabrook
World War II--Leaving camp--'Resettlement
Community activities--Associations and organizations--Japanese American Citizens League
Gardena, California
Incarceration Camps--Manzanar
California State University, Long Beach
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
South Bay/Los Angeles Nisei

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