Stuff contributed by grantdin

The Angel Island Story of Kane Mineta, Norman Mineta’s mother

Grant Din

Americans know Norman Mineta as the first Asian American in a presidential cabinet, when he was secretary of commerce under President Bill Clinton, secretary of transportation under George Bush, where he took decisive action after the attacks of 9/11, and as a U.S. Congressman, councilman, and mayor of ...

Internment of Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II

The Shigenaga Brothers’ Detention on Angel Island and the Continent During World War II

Grant Din

Kakuro’s life in Hawai`i and arrest

Internment of Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II

Nentaro Ide's Detention at the Age of 75

Grant Din

Nentaro (also known as Toshitaro or Mantaro) Ide was born in Fukuoka, Japan on October 13, 1867, and according to his internment file, arrived in Hawaii in 1901, where he worked on a dairy farm and lived until 1906, then left for Seattle, where he briefly lived. He then moved ...

Internment of Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II

Rev. Asataro Yamada's Detention on Angel Island Due to His Religious Practices

Grant Din

Born in Aki-gun, Japan in 1878, Asataro Yamada first came to the United States in 1898 into the port of Seattle at a time when there were few restrictions on Japanese immigration. He then worked as a sailor for many years on ships that sailed all over the Pacific. He ...

Internment of Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II

Journalist Yasutaro Soga’s Detention on Angel Island During World War II

Grant Din

Japanese immigrants were arrested by the FBI on both the mainland U.S. and the islands of the Territory of Hawaii on December 7, 1941 and in the following months. By law they were “enemy aliens” and could be taken away as internees. As mentioned elsewhere on our site, Asians ...

Internment of Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II

Chokichi Satow – “Double Angel” Detained on Angel Island at Least Twice

Grant Din


Internment of Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II

Angel Island Was One of Eight Detention Centers for Otokichi Ozaki

Grant Din

Ozaki was born November 3, 1904 in Kochi-ken, Japan, and came to Hawaiˋi on April 24, 1917. Otokichi married Hawaiˋi-born Hideko Ozaki, and they had four children aged two to eight when World War II broke out. He was one of several hundred Japanese immigrants in the Territory of Hawaiˋi ...

Internment of Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II

Mantsuchi and Sojuro Nakamura: Japanese Immigrant Farmers in California’s Central Valley

Grant Din


Internment of Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II

The Hoshidas’ Journeys Through Angel Island during World War II

Grant Din

George Yoshio Hoshida was arrested and detained on February 6, 1942. Information in his file at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, MD notes that he was a member of the Kilauea Central Japanese Association, United Young Buddhist Association (YBA), and the Waiakea Houselots Association. A confidential ...

Internment of Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II

George Hishida – A Life in Photography Interrupted by World War II

Grant Din

George Mioya Hishida was born in Fukushima, Japan, in 1896 to a Christian missionary father who was absent from the family for long periods of time. He had two brothers and two sisters, and after graduating high school in 1913, he immigrated through Seattle and then went to Los Angeles ...

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I'm the Community Relations Director at Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. We are looking for Japanese immigration stories, in particular those through Angel Island from 1910-1940. I have also contributed a number of Nikkei stories to DN about Japanese immigrants and American-born citizens who were arrested shortly after Pearl Harbor and detained on Angel Island in 1942 and 1943 before being sent to Department of Justice and US Army camps including Santa Fe, NM and many others. These are also being posted here at DN. Please contact me at gdin@aiisf.org if you have stories to share.

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