Life in Davao, Philippines

Life in Davao, Philippines Kindergarten in Davao, Philippines Evacuated to the Jungle Captured by Guerillas after bombing of Pearl Harbor Family was shipped back to Japan after the war Attitudes toward Hikiagesha Move to Los Angeles First Impressions of the US Life in the Philippines Unique Identity from Having Multiple Backgrounds On Nikkei Identity Returning to the Philippines

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Father went to Philippines, because it was only available country at that time to go either Brazil or Philippine – he chose Philippine. That was May 1, 1937, and then a year later, I was born in Davao, Philippines. It’s a Mindanao Island.

During that time, there were almost like 20,000 Japanese in that community, and they had very extensive cultural activities that is going on, and place, Davao was prosperous with the production of hemp, like ship’s ropes and the potato sacks were made from hemp. And father, after a while, was apprenticing the – making water tanks and roofs in them – other products – out of sheet metal; it’s a galvanized sheet metal. And when he returned, visiting Japan, he became an owner of a shop in – it started to prosper.

Date: July 12, 2017
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Mitsue Watanabe, Yoko Nishimura, Leighton Okada
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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