Guide to the Frank Chin Oral History Collection 1974-1986
Cage 654

Summary Information

Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Creator
Chin, Frank
Title
Frank Chin Oral History Collection
ID
Cage 654
Date [inclusive]
1974-1986
Extent
6 containers., 5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
Collection materials are in English.
Abstract
Chiefly cassette tape interviews (156) with Japanese American resisters during WW II.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 654, Frank Chin Oral History Collection . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biography/History

Frank Chin (1940- ) was born in Berkeley, California, on February 25, 1940. After attending the University of California, Berkeley and Iowa State University, he earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1965. Frank Chin worked in railroads. His career includes stints as a writer, editor, and free-lance consultant and lecturer on Chinese Americans and racism. He was a film consultant and lectured and taught creative writing in the late 1960s and 1970s at San Francisco State College, the University of California, Berkeley, and at Western Washington University. He is the author of film scripts, plays, and short fiction. Chin was especially concerned with combating racist stereotypes of Asian Americans. This oral history collection is part of his ongoing effort to document the lives of Asian Americans.

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Scope and Content

The Frank Chin Oral History Collection consists of audio tape interviews, selected transcripts, and additional explanatory material. The interviews, all done either by Chin or Lawson Inada, are with Japanese Americans who were either native born, second generation Americans (Nisei), permanent U.S. residents born in Japan (Issei), or their family members. During World War II they became the focus of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, issued on February 19, 1942. The result of Roosevelt's order was to strip the Nisei of their citizenship and both groups of their constitutional rights. Under the auspices of the War Relocation Authority, the Selective Service required both groups to answer a questionnaire that, among other things, questioned their willingness to serve in the U.S. military and their willingness to repudiate their allegiance to Japan. One group of Japanese American resisters became known as the "No-No Boys" because they answered negatively to both these questions. The people interviewed in these tapes were directly or indirectly affected by these events and they offer a variety of perspectives on their significance. During World War II, roughly 110,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned in U.S. government-run camps known as relocation centers. Other Japanese Americans willingly served in the U.S. military during World War II.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically into three series. Series 1, Audio Tapes, consists of one hundred fifty-six of the original group of cassette tape interviews. They vary in actual recorded length on 60-90 minute tapes, with some interviews recorded on multiple cassettes. Entries include the interviewee and the date and location of the interview (when known). An asterisk at the end of an entry indicates the availability of a transcript, most of which are partial. Series 2, Transcripts, consists of sixteen typed transcriptions of some of the tapes in Series 1. In some cases, however, no reference tape is available. It should be pointed out that these transcripts are not entirely accurate and that different people may have transcribed the same or different portions of a given interview. Where possible, transcripts are cross-referenced to the tape from which they are taken. Series 3, Reference Material, consists of additional material about the collection, including notes on some of the interviewees, the names of transcribers (where available), and other information about the original project.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) © 1997

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc/

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA

509-335-6691

mascref@wsu.edu

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Custodial History

Dr. Gail Nomura, former director of the Washington State University Asian American Studies Program, acquired the Frank Chin Oral History Collection from Frank Chin.

Acquisition Information

The Frank Chin Oral History Collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries in 1989 by Dr. Gail Nomura.

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Names and Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Personal narratives

Personal Name(s)

Creator(s) :
  • Chin, Frank, 1940- --Archives
Subject(s) :
  • Inada, Lawson Fusao, interviewer

Subject(s)

  • Japanese Americans--Civil rights
  • World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans
  • Oral Histories
  • Japanese Americans
  • Washington (State)
  • Sound Recordings

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Detailed Description of Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Audio Tapes 

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Akutsu, Jim. Seattle, Washington. 2 September 1982. 

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Akutsu, Jim. Seattle, Washington. 2 September 1982. 

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Akutsu, Jim. Seattle, Washington. 2 September 1982. 

1 / 3

Bullitt, Stimson.Seattle, Washington.  9 August 1978. 

1 / 4

Chiyo; Nakata, Mike; Horiuchi; Sasaki, Shosuke.  Undated. 

1 / 5

Date, Don. Gardena. 29 November 1981 

1 / 6

Date, Don. Gardena. 29 November 1981.  

1 / 7

Emi, Frank.  Undated. 

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Emi, Frank [Los Angeles, California.] 25 April 1982. 

1 / 9

Emi, Frank. Los Angeles, California. 25 April 1982. 

1 / 10

Emi, Frank. [Los Angeles, California.] 25 April 1982. 

1 / 11

Emi, Frank. Seto Restaurant. 13 May 1982. 

1 / 12

Emi, Frank; Hayashi, Glen; Inada, Lawson. 13 May 1982. 

1 / 13

Emi, Frank; Emi, Art. 16 May 1982. 

1 / 14

Emi, Frank; Emi, Art.  16 May 1982. 

1 / 15

Emi, Frank; Emi, Art.  2 May 1982. 

1 / 16

Emi, Frank; Emi, Art.  2 May 1982. 

1 / 17

Hamayoshi; Dinnon; Ino, Toru.  15 May 1982. 

1 / 18

Heart Mountain 63: Tono, Jack; Torrance.  1 April 1982 4 April 1982. 

1 / 19

Heart Mountain 63: Torrance.  4 April 1982. 

1 / 20

Heart Mountain 63. [Mountainview, California.]  9 April 1982.  

1 / 21

Heart Mountain Resisters, Kozy's. Mountainview, California.  9 April 1982.  

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Heart Mountain Resisters: Omura; Emi; Sakai, Kozie. Mountainview, California.  19 May 1982 22 May 1981.  

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Heart Mountain Resister: Sakai, Kozie. [Mountainview, California.]  22 May 1982. 

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Heart Mountain Resisters: Sakai, Kozie; Omura, James; Kawamoto, Dave. Mountainview, California. 22 May 1982.  

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Heart Mountain. [Mountainview, California.] 22 May 1982.  

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Heart Mountain Resisters: Fair Play. Mountainview, California. 22 May 1982. 

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Heart Mountain Fair Play. Mountainview, California. 22 May 1982. 

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Heart Mountain Fair Play; Omura, James. [Mountainview, California.] 22 May 1982 25 May 1982. 

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Heart Mountain Sentinel.  Undated. 

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Heart Mountain Sentinel.  Undated. 

1 / 31

Heart Mountain Sentinel.  Undated. 

1 / 32

Heart Mountain Sentinel.  Undated. 

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Heart Mountain Sentinel.  Undated. 

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Hirabashi [Hirabiyashi, Gordon].  Undated. 

2 / 35

Hirabiyashi, Gordon. San Francisco, California 4 June 1983. 

2 / 36

Hirabiyashi, Gordon. San Francisco, California  4/5 (?) June 1983.  

2 / 37

Hirabiyashi, Gordon; Hirabiyashi, James. San Francisco, California 4 June 1983 5 June 1983. 

2 / 38

Hosokawa, Bill.  24 January 1979. 

2 / 39

Hosokawa, Bill.  25 January 1979. 

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Ito, Kenji. Los Angeles, California. 1981. 

2 / 41

Kaku, Y.; Date, Don; Yamakido, J.  4 December 1982. 

2 / 42

Kataoka, Masao; Omura, James; Emi, Frank. Los Angeles, California. 18 September 1985. 

2 / 43

Kataoka, Masao; Omura, James; Emi, Frank. Los Angeles, California. 18 September 1985. 

2 / 44

Kawai, Nobu. Pasadena, California. 26 May 1982. 

2 / 45

Kawai, Nobu. Pasadena, California. 26 May 1982. 

2 / 46

King, Frank Toshiyuke. Los Angeles, California. 1 June 1982. 

2 / 47

King, Frank Toshiyuke. Los Angeles, California. 1 June 1982. 

2 / 48

King, Frank Toshiyuke. Los Angeles, California. 1 June 1982. 

2 / 49

Kitasako, John.  Undated [3 October 1982] 

2 / 50

Koshiyama, Mits. Los Angeles, California. 17 August 1984. 

2 / 51

Koshiyama, Mits.  Undated. 

2 / 52

Koshiyama, Mits.  Undated. 

2 / 52

Koshiyama, Mits.  Undated. 

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Koshiyama, Mits, "Nakadate Hearing." [Los Angeles, California.] 18 August 1984. 

2 / 54

Koshiyama, Mits, "Nakadate Hearing." [Los Angeles, California.] 18 August 1984. 

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Koshiyama, Mits. [Los Angeles, California.] 18 August 1984. 

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Koshiyama, Mits. 18 August 1984; Los Angeles, California. 19 August 1984. 

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Koshiyama, Mits. [Los Angeles, California.] 19 August 1984. 

2 / 58

Koshiyama, Mits. [Los Angeles, California.] 19 August 1984. 

2 / 59

Koshiyama, Mits. [Los Angeles, California.] 19 August 1984. 

2 / 60

Kubota; Hirabayashi; with Kubota, Gloria; Kubota, Grace Ybarra; Ybarra; Sakai, Kozie; Nozawa, George; Wada, Patty. Toraiya Restaurant, San Francisco, California 5 June 1983. 

2 / 61

Kubota; Hirabayashi; with Kubota, Gloria; Kubota, Grace Ybarra; Ybarra; Sakai, Kozie; Nozawa, George; Wada, Patty. Toraiya Restaurant, San Francisco, California 5 June 1983. 

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Kubota; Hirabayashi. Toraiya Restaurant, San Francisco, California 5 June 1983. 

2 / 63

Kubota, Grace Ybarra; with Inada, Lawson; Sakai, Kozie; Nozawa, George; Emi, Frank. San Jose, California. 24 April 1983. 

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Kubota, Grace Ybarra; Kubota, Gloria; with Inada, Lawson; Sakai, Kozie; Nozawa, George; Emi, Frank. [San Jose, California.] Undated. 

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Kubota, Grace Ybarra; Kubota, Gloria; with Inada, Lawson; Nozawa, George; Sakai, Kozie; Emi, Frank. San Jose, California. 24 April 1983. 

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Kunitsugu, Kats.Los Angeles, California.  6 November 1982. 

2 / 67

Kunitsugu, Kats.  Undated. 

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Kuroki, Ben.  27 May 1982. 

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Kuromiya, Yoshito.  11 January 1983. 

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Kuromiya, Yoshito. Los Angeles, California. 11 January 1983. 

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Masaoka, Mike; Tateshi; Yasui. Airport Hyatt, Los Angeles, California. 10 August 1982.  

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Masaoka, Mike. Airport Hyatt, Los Angeles, California.  10 August 1982. 

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Masuda, Thomas Shinao.  26 October 1981. 

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Mihara, Genji. Seattle, Washington. 11 November 1978. 

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Mihara, Genji. Seattle, Washington. 11 November 1978. 

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Miyamoto, Kazuo. Honolulu, Hawaii. 1 November 1979. 

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Miyamoto, Kazuo. [Honolulu, Hawaii.] 1 November 1979. 

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Morita, Ichiro.  24 April/May (?) 1983 

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Mrs. Motoda. Seattle, Washington. 15 December 1978. 

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Mrs. Motoda. Seattle, Washington. 12 December 1978. 

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Mrs. Motoda.  14 July 1979. 

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Mrs. Motoda.  14 July 1979. 

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Nozawa, George.  24 April 1983. 

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Omura, James. [Los Angeles, California.] 14 May 1982 15 May 1982. 

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Omura, James. Los Angeles, California. 14 May 1982. 

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Omura, James. Los Angeles, California. 15 May 1982. 

3 / 87

Omura, James. Los Angeles, California. 15 May 1982. 

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Omura, James. [Los Angeles, California.] 15 May 1982.  

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Omura, James. [Los Angeles, California.] 18 May 1982. 

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Omura, James. [Los Angeles, California.] 18 May 1982. 

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Omura, James. [Los Angeles, California.] 18 May 1982. 

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Omura, James. Los Angeles, California. 26 May 1982. 

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Omura, James on Hosokawa's "JACL: In Quest of Justice" (#1). [Los Angeles, California.] 25 May 1982. 

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Omura, James on Hosokawa's "JACL: In Quest of Justice" (#2). [Los Angeles, California.] 25 May 1982. 

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Omura, James on Hosokawa's "JACL: In Quest of Justice" (#3). [Los Angeles, California.] 25 May 1982. 

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Omura, James on Masaoka's "Final Report" (#1). Los Angeles, California. 30/31 (?) May 1982. 

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Omura, James on Masaoka's "Final Report" (#2). Los Angeles, California. 31 May 1982. 

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Omura, James; Emi, Frank.  18 May 1982 20 May, 1982. 

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Ozawa, Shig.  January 1978. 

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Ozawa, Shig. January 1978. 

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Ozawa, Shig. Undated. 

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Osawa (Ozawa?), Shig. Undated. 

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Osawa, Shig. Undated. 

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Osawa, Shig. Undated. 

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Osawa, Shig. Baseball camp. 12 August 1978. 

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Osawa, Shig. [Baseball camp.] 12 August 1978. 

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Sasaki, Shosuke; Ishu, David on Matilda Gibson, Pomoroy, "Uncle Ed"-- Books, Furuya. Seattle, Washington.  5 August 1978 12 November 1978  

4 / 108

Sasaki, Shosuke. [Seattle, Washington.] 5 May 1978. 

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Sasaki, Shosuke. Early life, Po 

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Sasaki, Shosuke. Diaries--For Day of Rom (?), Pictures in Aldam (?), Pomoroy. Seattle, Washington. 12 November 1978. 

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Sasaki, Shosuke.  4 September 1982. 

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Sasaki, Shosuke.  4 September 1982. 

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Sasaki; Miyatake. 5 August 1978. 

4 / 114

Sasaki; Miyatake. Undated. 

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Shimo, Cedric Masaki; Omura, James. Los Angeles, California. 17 September 1985. 

4 / 116

Shimo, Cedric.[Los Angeles, California.]  17 (7?) September 1985. 

4 / 117

Shimomura, Toku. Undated. 

4 / 118

Shiozaki, Ron.  20 January 1986. 

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Somekawa; Miyatake; Omura, James.  6 September 1981 10 September 1981. 

4 / 120

Sugita, Kaoru (Emi); Sugita, Tee; Emi, Frank; Emi, Alice. Los Angeles, California. 29 May 1982. 

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Sugita, Kaoru (Emi); Emi, Alice; Emi, Frank. [Los Angeles, California.] 29 May 1982. 

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Sugita, Kaoru (Emi); Emi, Frank. Los Angeles, California. 29 May 1982. 

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Tada, Fred; Cena (?), Frank; (last name?),Gary. Los Angeles, California. Undated. 

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Tamesa, Uhachi; Tamesa, Kay. Seattle, Washington. 4 September 1982. 

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Tamesa, Uhachi; Tamesa, Kay. Seattle, Washington. 4 September 1982. 

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Tamesa, Uhachi. Undated. 

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Tanaka, Togo.  22 April 1977 27 April 1977. 

4 / 128

Tani. Undated. 

4 / 129

Tokuda, George. Seattle, Washington. 9 November 1978. 

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Tokuda, George; Tokuda, Toma. Seattle, Washington. 9 November 1978. 

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Tokuda, George; Tokuda, Toma. [Seattle, Washington.] 9 November 1978. 

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Tomita, Mas; Tomita, Yoshio.  13 December 1978. 

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Tomita, Mas; Tomita, Yoshio. Undated. 

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Tono, Jack; Yasutake (?), Mike. Chicago, Illinois. 27 October 1981. 

4 / 135

Tono, Jack; Yasutake, Mike. Chicago, Illinois.  27 October 1981. 

4 / 136

Tono, Jack; Yasutake, Mike. Chicago, Illinois. 27 October 1981. 

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Tono, Jack. Silver Lake, California (?). 1 April 1982 (?). 

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Townsend (Townsond?), George; Sasaki, Shosuke; Miyatake, Henry. Sequim, Washington. 12 November 1978. 

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Townsend, George. Sequim, Washington. 12 November 1978. 

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Townsend, George. Sequim, Washington. 12 November 1978. 

5 / 141

Townsend, George. Sequim, Washington. 12 November 1978. 

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Uno, Shigeko. Seattle, Washington.  26 October 1978. 

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Uno, Shigeko; Nogaki, Ken. Seattle, Washington. 25 October 1978. 

5 / 144

Uomo (?), Harry. Undated. 

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Uyeda, Masato; Nakano (?), Ken. Bio--Immigration; Wyoming Mines; Railroad (?). Seattle, Washington.  31 October 1978. 

5 / 146

Uyeda, Masato. Seattle, Washington.  31 October 1978.  

5 / 147

Uyeda, Masato. Seattle, Washington.  31 October 1978.  

5 / 148

Yamaguchi, Jack. Seattle, Washington.  Undated. [8 November 1978] 

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Yamaguchi, Jack. Yamaguchi, Dorothy. Seattle, Washington.  8 November 1978.  

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Yamakido, Joe. Monterey Park, California.  14 November 1982.  

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Yamakido, Joe. Monterey Park, California.  14 November 1982.  

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Yamakido, Joe. Monterey Park, California.  14 November 1982.  

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Yashima, Taro.  13 October 1980. 

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Yashima, Taro.  13 October 1980. 

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Minority Report: Frank Abe, KIRO NEWSRADIO 71 California redress bill, with Janet Masuda and "Desert Exile," by Yoshiko Uchida.  Undated. 

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Series 2: Transcripts 

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Date, Don. 5 pp. (Tape 6) 

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Date, Don. 34 pp. (Tape 6) 

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Date, Don. 15 pp. (Tape 7) 

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Hirabayashi, Gordon. 58 pp. (Tape 35) 

6 / 160

Hirabayashi, Gordon. 24 pp. (Tape 36); 29 pp. (Tape 37); Hirabayashi, Gordon; Hirabayashi, James. 24 pp. (Tape 38) 

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Hosokawa, Bill. 17 pp. (Tape 39) 

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Ino, Toru. 29 pp. (No tape) 

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Kitasako, John. 31 pp. (No tape) 

6 / 164

Kitasako, John. 17 pp. (Tape 50) 

6 / 165

Kuroki, Ben. 56 pp. (Tape 69) 

6 / 166

Miyamoto, Kazuo. 18 pp. (Tape 78) 

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Morita, Ichiro. 9 pp. (Tape 79) 

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Morita, Ichiro. 46 pp. (Tape 79) 

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Ramos, Amelita. 16 pp. (No tape) 

6 / 170

Tanaka, Togo. 32 pp. (Tape 128) 

6 / 171

Yamakido, Joe. 13 pp. (Tape 153) 

6 / 172

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Series 3: Reference Material 

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Frank Chin Collection notes and materials. 

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