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Japanese American Community in Indiana, 2003-2005


Interviewee
Umemura, Jean; Umemura, George September 25, 2003 

Call Number
05-001

Physical Description

25 pages; 1tape, 1 7/8 ips, 90 minutes; not indexed; interview questionnaire

Interviewer
Conner, Nancy

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Jean and George Umemura, born in 1926 and 1923 respectively, discuss their family backgrounds growing up in Seattle, Washington, prior to World War II, including the extent to which the Japanese language was prevalent in their homes. Both discuss the experience of moving to internment camps during the war, and the ways in which their families managed to maintain contact with Japanese friends from Seattle. Jean and George talk about how they came to be married. George discusses the formation of the Japanese American Citizens League in Indianapolis, Indiana. He emphasizes his experiences facing prejudice as a Japanese American.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Eli Lilly and Company
    • Indiana University
    • Japan America Society
    • Japanese American Citizens League
    • Personal Names
    • Loucks, Chester
    • Soto, Mary
    • Place Names
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Seattle, Washington
    • Subjects
    • community organizations
    • Japanese Americans
    • Japanese internment camps
    • Japanese language
    • racism