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His father describes the importance of photographing camp life

After he got into camp, he called me and told me I have something to tell you. I didn't know what he was going to tell me. I was just so curious because he rarely set me aside like this and says something so serious and he wants to talk to me, because he was so busy with his work. He never did talk to the children that much. But because of that I was really anxious to hear what he wanted to say, and this is what he told me. He said, You know, as a photographer, I have a responsibility. I didn't know what he was talking about, responsibility. He says, As a photographer I have a responsibility to record the camp life, because the kind of thing that happened to us should never happen in the future again.


photography Toyo Miyatake World War II camps

Date: March 22, 2001

Location: California, US

Interviewer: Robert Nakamura, Karen Ishizuka

Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum.

Interviewee Bio

Archie Miyatake, the son of famed photographer Toyo Miyatake, was born in Los Angeles in 1924. In 1942 he was incarcerated in the Manzanar concentration camp where he and his family were confined for the duration of World War II—and where he graduated from high school. A photographer himself, Archie continued to run the Toyo Miyatake Studio in Little Tokyo after his father’s death in 1979, eventually moving the business to its current location in San Gabriel, California. He passed away on December 20, 2016, at age 92. (December 2016)

Ariyoshi,Jean Hayashi
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Ariyoshi,Jean Hayashi

Father retouching photos of picture brides

Former First Lady of Hawai'i

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Hirabayashi,James
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Hirabayashi,James

Life in camp as teenager

(1926 - 2012) Scholar and professor of anthropology. Leader in the establishment of ethnic studies as an academic discipline

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Kochiyama,Yuri
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Kochiyama,Yuri

Hiding what happened in camp

(1922–2014) Political and civil rights activist.

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Kochiyama,Yuri
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Kochiyama,Yuri

Camp as a positive thing

(1922–2014) Political and civil rights activist.

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Takeshita,Yukio
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Takeshita,Yukio

Involvement in JACL

(b.1935) American born Japanese. Retired businessman.

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Matsumoto,Roy H.
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Matsumoto,Roy H.

Train ride to Jerome Relocation Center

(b.1913) Kibei from California who served in the MIS with Merrill’s Marauders during WWII.

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Kosaki,Richard
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Kosaki,Richard

442 soldiers visiting U.S. concentration camps

(b. 1924) Political scientist, educator, and administrator from Hawai`i

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Shimomura,Roger
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Shimomura,Roger

Receiving a negative reaction from father upon asking about World War II experience

(b. 1939) Japanese American painter, printmaker & professor

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Yamasaki,Frank
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Yamasaki,Frank

Loss of happy-go-lucky adolescence in Puyallup Assembly Center

(b. 1923) Nisei from Washington. Resisted draft during WWII.

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Yamasaki,Frank
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Yamasaki,Frank

Memories of dusty conditions at Minidoka incarceration camp

(b. 1923) Nisei from Washington. Resisted draft during WWII.

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Adachi,Pat
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Adachi,Pat

Family life in a Japanese Canadian internment camp in Slocan

(b. 1920) Incarcerated during World War II. Active member of the Japanese Canadian community

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Terasaki,Paul
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Terasaki,Paul

Difference between experiences of youth and older people in WWII camps

(b.1929) Pioneer medical researcher in tissue transfer and organ transplantation.

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Fulbeck,Kip
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Fulbeck,Kip

The Hapa Project

(b. 1965) filmmaker and artist

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Fulbeck,Kip

Lessons learned from The Hapa Project

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Yuzawa,George Katsumi
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Yuzawa,George Katsumi

Death of sister in October 1942

(1915 - 2011) Nisei florist who resettled in New York City after WW II. Active in Japanese American civil rights movement

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