Life in the 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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The community of nearly 2,000 people – by the – the Pacific War started, I think many return to Japan, but still, quite a few numbers were there. And there were baseball group, judo group, small group, kendo, odori, and there were festivals – obon festivals, and parade. There’s a – a movie theater, a – a lot shops, a lot was going on.

Civilians were welcomed, but when the war became very difficult, I think that there were a lot of incidences that were negative, being, you know, like natives were attacked as well as civilian Japanese who were attacked and forced to do something they didn’t want to do, like giving up the food, and they – at the end, they did not have a good feeling toward – but during the time we left, I think the relationship was good.

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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