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Midori Kitazono Kamei oral history interview
Kamei, Midori Kitazono: interviewee
Inoue, Bryan: 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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Bryan Inoue interviewed Midori Kamei, who was 80 years old, in Torrance on June 28, 2003. Scott Fujita monitored the recording equipment and Amy Phillips took notes during the interview. Midori Kamei was born in 1923 in Redondo Beach, California. She grew up in North Torrance where her parents farmed. Kamei was incarcerated briefly with her family at the Santa Anita Race Track in California and at the incarceration camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Kamei left Heart Mountain to attend college in Colorado. She later earned a master's degree from Columbia University in New York City. She now lives in Rancho Palos Verdes and remains active with Asian American community and Democratic party organizations. Kamei 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
01:06:05; 3 pages
audio/mpeg; application/pdf
Identity and values--Nisei
Geographic communities--California
World War II--Pearl Harbor and aftermath--Responses of non-Japanese Americans
Race and racism--Discrimination
World War II--Propaganda--Media propaganda
World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation')
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers
World War II--Incarceration camps
Industry and employment--Agriculture--Strawberries
Education--Secondary education
Community activities--Associations and organizations--Japanese American Citizens League
Torrance, California
Temporary Assembly Centers--Santa Anita
Incarceration Camps--Heart Mountain
California State University, Long Beach
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
South Bay/Los Angeles Nisei

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