Sam Mitsui


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Nisei, who were American citizens by birth, were growing up as grade-schoolers, high-schoolers, and college students before the beginning of World War II. Some Nisei grew up in city suburbs, while others lived in the inner cities and still others grew up on country farms.

Nisei grew up concerned with the same issues as other Depression-era Americans: games, toys, school, and friends. In some urban areas, Nisei grew up with many other Japanese friends and neighbors, and there was not much mixing among Japanese and other races. However, some Nisei also grew up playing with children of many different ethnic backgrounds.

Pictured here is the grade school in Skykomish, Washington in 1934.


Japanese internment, from coast and camp, world war two, WW2, WWII, oral history


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