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Going to Japanese school

To our parents we spoke Japanese. Because all of us in elementary school for the first 8 years we had to go to the English school from about eight to two o’clock I believe, or two thirty. And then nearby there was a Japanese school where we had to attend for an hour and learn Japanese. So more or less all of us spoke some Japanese and we were able to communicate with our parents. When they wanted to give us advice or sermonize, we understood what they were saying.


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Date: May 29, 2006

Location: Hawai`i, US

Interviewer: Akemi Kikumura Yano

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

Interviewee Bio

Francis "FranK" Y. Sogi was born in Lanihau, Kona, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i in 1923, the youngest of five children born to Issei parents who farmed vegetables, bananas and coffee.

Francis began studies at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) in 1941 at 18 years old, and—as required--served in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) to prepare for military service. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, all R.O.T.C. students were inducted into the Hawai‘i Territorial Guard. However, he was soon discharged as being an “enemy alien,” and he returned to UH to continue his education. Men at UH with knowledge of the Japanese language were being recruited to join the United States Military Intelligence Service, so Francis volunteered and in 1944 was sent to Camp Savage and Fort Snelling, Minnesota, for training.

After serving in Japan, translating documents for the U.S. counterintelligence corps, he once again enrolled at UH in 1947. He completed his studies in 1949 and went on to Fordham Law School in New York City while his wife, Sarah, attended Columbia University. He passed the bar exam in December 1952 and was admitted to the New York state bar. In 1953, Frank was asked to serve at the Tokyo office of the law firm of Hunt, Hill and Betts and represented Fortune 500 companies doing license agreements, joint ventures and investments of all kinds. From 1959 - 1984 he was with Miller Montgomery Spalding & Sogi, and in 1984 he joined Kelley Drye & Warren until his retirement in 1993.

Because of their growing philanthropic interests, Francis and his wife Sarah created the Francis and Sarah Sogi Foundation, a charitable foundation that currently supports the work of several non-profit organizations.

He passed away on November 3, 2011(November 2011)

 

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Studying Japanese to understand her grandfather (Spanish)

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Japanese language is the important aspect to keep identity (Spanish)

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Ryoko Hokama
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Initial struggles with the language barrier (Japanese)

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Kazuomi Takagi
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Kazuomi Takagi

His first jobs in Argentina (Spanish)

(1925-2014) La Plata Hochi, Journalist

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Learning Spanish (Spanish)

(1925-2014) La Plata Hochi, Journalist

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Emi Kasamatsu
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Emi Kasamatsu

Inclusiveness of the first Japanese colony in Paraguay (Spanish)

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Venancio Shinki
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Venancio Shinki

Education Japanese style (Spanish)

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Venancio Shinki
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Venancio Shinki

Closing the Japanese school and deportation (Spanish)

(b. 1932-2016) Peruvian painter

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Peter Mizuki
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Peter Mizuki

Japanese wife with American citizenship

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The Japanese-Portuguese dictionary by Dr. Yoshiharu Noda (Japanese)

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Johnnie Morton
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Johnnie Morton

Attending Japanese school

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Johnnie Morton
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Johnnie Morton

Making a speech in Japanese

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Johnnie Morton
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Johnnie Morton

Talking with Grandmother

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Clifford Uyeda
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Clifford Uyeda

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