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Japanese American Community in Indiana, 2003-2005


Interviewee
Matsumoto, Charles January 14, 2004  

Call Number
05-005

Physical Description

18 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 65 minutes; not indexed; interview questionnaire

Interviewer
Conner, Nancy

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Charles Matsumoto, born in 1932, recalls his childhood on family farms in California and Colorado prior to and during World War II. He explains his family's decision to voluntarily move to Colorado before the forced internment of Japanese in California. Matsumoto discusses his educational background in pharmacology and his job at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. Matsumoto tells of his involvement in the Japanese American Citizens League and specific initiatives like the Redress Movement. He also explains his involvement in other organizations, both within the Japanese American community and in groups outside of his ethnic affiliation. Matsumoto concludes by discussing variations within the Japanese American community, specifically mentioning geographic factors and generational differences in the culture and social politics of the community.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Asian Alliance
    • Eli Lilly and Company
    • Japan America Society
    • Japanese American Citizens League
    • Place Names
    • Ault, Colorado
    • Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • San Jose, California
    • Subjects
    • community organizations
    • generational differences
    • interracial marriage
    • Japanese culture
    • racial discrimination
    • Redress Movement