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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.
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