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Miyoko Fujikawa oral history interview
Fujikawa, Miyoko: interviewee
Sato, Dale: interviewer
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CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
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Dale Sato interviewed Miyoko Fujikawa on October 29, 2003 and November 7, 2003 at her home in Gardena. Irene Rafael monitored the recording equipment and took notes during the interview. Miyoko Fujikawa was born in Reedley, California and grew up in Harbor City, California. Fujikawa was incarcerated at Santa Anita Racetrack and the incarceration camp in Jerome, Arkansas. After leaving the camp, she worked as a beautician in Minneapolis, Minnesota during WWII and purchased her own beauty shop when she resettled in California. Fujikawa raised four sons in Gardena. Fujikawa was interviewed as part of the South Bay History Project created by the South Bay Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.
02:16:50; 4 pages
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.
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Identity and values--Nisei
Geographic communities--California
Industry and employment--Small business
Industry and employment--Barbering and hairdressing
World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation')
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers
World War II--Incarceration camps
World War II--Leaving camp--'Resettlement
World War II--Leaving camp--Work leave
Industry and employment--Gardening
Community activities--Associations and organizations
Race and racism--Discrimination
Community activities--Associations and organizations--Japanese American Citizens League
Gardena, California
Temporary Assembly Centers--Santa Anita
Incarceration Camps--Rohwer
California State University, Long Beach
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
South Bay/Los Angeles Nisei

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