Ryan Ogawa Oral History Write-Up - Ryan Ogawa Oral History Write-Up 1 Transcript of Interview When were you born and what generation of our family are

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Ryan Ogawa Oral History Write-Up 1. Transcript of Interview: When were you born and what generation of our family are you since our family’s immigration to the US? “Born on May 5, 1938 and am sansei. My grandparents were first generation immigrants and my parents were second generation nissei” (Watanabe, John). Do you remember any stories about life in Hawaii regarding how our family was integrated into society? “My grandfather and grandmother both worked I’m the sugar plantation in Waipahu. Many different races also worked there like the Portuguese, Filipino, Japanese, Polynesian, Puerto Rican, Korean, and Okinawan. Each of them had their own specific houses or lunas that they all had to live in. There were strict hours and lights out was at 8 pm.” My grandpa went on to talk about stories about what his father would do during the time to have fun such as making kites with guava tree branches, and using rice to help make them stick together. What are your memories about WWII, specifically the treatment of the Japanese-Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor? “We were aware of the internment camps going on for Japanese Americans especially on the mainland like the Manzanar camp in California” (Watanabe, John). When I asked him about the internment camps he mentioned to me that although the family had not been in an internment camp, while at the plantation, the American soldiers closely watched his grandparents. There was a constant threat of espionage in the US, and people with suspicion were put into camps or monitored closely by the military. He explained to me that after war had been declared on Japan, there were times where he remembered when his family was contemplating on their loyalty to Japan or the U.S.

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