Frank Chin Oral History Collection, 1974-1986  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Chin, Frank
Title
Frank Chin Oral History Collection
Dates
1974-1986 (inclusive)
Quantity
6 containers., (5 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number
Cage 654
Summary
Chiefly cassette tape interviews (156) with Japanese American resisters during WW II.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Frank Chin (1940- ) was born in Berkeley, California, on February 25, 1940. After attending the University of California, Berkeley and Iowa State University, he earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1965. Frank Chin worked in railroads. His career includes stints as a writer, editor, and free-lance consultant and lecturer on Chinese Americans and racism. He was a film consultant and lectured and taught creative writing in the late 1960s and 1970s at San Francisco State College, the University of California, Berkeley, and at Western Washington University. He is the author of film scripts, plays, and short fiction. Chin was especially concerned with combating racist stereotypes of Asian Americans. This oral history collection is part of his ongoing effort to document the lives of Asian Americans.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Frank Chin Oral History Collection consists of audio tape interviews, selected transcripts, and additional explanatory material. The interviews, all done either by Chin or Lawson Inada, are with Japanese Americans who were either native born, second generation Americans (Nisei), permanent U.S. residents born in Japan (Issei), or their family members. During World War II they became the focus of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, issued on February 19, 1942. The result of Roosevelt's order was to strip the Nisei of their citizenship and both groups of their constitutional rights. Under the auspices of the War Relocation Authority, the Selective Service required both groups to answer a questionnaire that, among other things, questioned their willingness to serve in the U.S. military and their willingness to repudiate their allegiance to Japan. One group of Japanese American resisters became known as the "No-No Boys" because they answered negatively to both these questions. The people interviewed in these tapes were directly or indirectly affected by these events and they offer a variety of perspectives on their significance. During World War II, roughly 110,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned in U.S. government-run camps known as relocation centers. Other Japanese Americans willingly served in the U.S. military during World War II.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 654, Frank Chin Oral History Collection . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Audio TapesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
box-tape
1 / 1
Akutsu, Jim. Seattle, Washington.
2 September 1982.
1 / 2
Akutsu, Jim. Seattle, Washington.
2 September 1982.
1 / 3
Akutsu, Jim. Seattle, Washington.
2 September 1982.
1 / 4
Bullitt, Stimson.Seattle, Washington.
9 August 1978.
1 / 5
Chiyo; Nakata, Mike; Horiuchi; Sasaki, Shosuke.
Undated.
1 / 6
Date, Don. Gardena.
29 November 1981
1 / 7
Date, Don. Gardena.
29 November 1981.
1 / 8
Emi, Frank.
Undated.
1 / 9
Emi, Frank [Los Angeles, California.]
25 April 1982.
1 / 10
Emi, Frank. Los Angeles, California.
25 April 1982.
1 / 11
Emi, Frank. [Los Angeles, California.]
25 April 1982.
1 / 12
Emi, Frank. Seto Restaurant.
13 May 1982.
1 / 13
Emi, Frank; Hayashi, Glen; Inada, Lawson.
13 May 1982.
1 / 14
Emi, Frank; Emi, Art.
16 May 1982.
1 / 15
Emi, Frank; Emi, Art.
16 May 1982.
1 / 16
Emi, Frank; Emi, Art.
2 May 1982.
1 / 17
Emi, Frank; Emi, Art.
2 May 1982.
1 / 18
Hamayoshi; Dinnon; Ino, Toru.
15 May 1982.
1 / 19
Heart Mountain 63: Tono, Jack; Torrance.
1 April 1982; 4 April 1982.
1 / 20
Heart Mountain 63: Torrance.
4 April 1982.
1 / 21
Heart Mountain 63. [Mountainview, California.]
9 April 1982.
1 / 22
Heart Mountain Resisters, Kozy's. Mountainview, California.
9 April 1982.
1 / 23
Heart Mountain Resisters: Omura; Emi; Sakai, Kozie. Mountainview, California.
19 May 1982; 22 May 1981.
1 / 24
Heart Mountain Resister: Sakai, Kozie. [Mountainview, California.]
22 May 1982.
1 / 25
Heart Mountain Resisters: Sakai, Kozie; Omura, James; Kawamoto, Dave. Mountainview, California.
22 May 1982.
1 / 26
Heart Mountain. [Mountainview, California.]
22 May 1982.
1 / 27
Heart Mountain Resisters: Fair Play. Mountainview, California.
22 May 1982.
1 / 28
Heart Mountain Fair Play. Mountainview, California.
22 May 1982.
1 / 29
Heart Mountain Fair Play; Omura, James. [Mountainview, California.]
22 May 1982; 25 May 1982.
1 / 30
Heart Mountain Sentinel.
Undated.
1 / 31
Heart Mountain Sentinel.
Undated.
1 / 32
Heart Mountain Sentinel.
Undated.
1 / 33
Heart Mountain Sentinel.
Undated.
1 / 34
Heart Mountain Sentinel.
Undated.
2 / 35
Hirabashi [Hirabiyashi, Gordon].
Undated.
2 / 36
Hirabiyashi, Gordon. San Francisco, California
4 June 1983.
2 / 37
Hirabiyashi, Gordon. San Francisco, California
4/5 (?) June 1983.
2 / 38
Hirabiyashi, Gordon; Hirabiyashi, James. San Francisco, California
4 June 1983; 5 June 1983.
2 / 39
Hosokawa, Bill.
24 January 1979.
2 / 40
Hosokawa, Bill.
25 January 1979.
2 / 41
Ito, Kenji. Los Angeles, California.
1981.
2 / 42
Kaku, Y.; Date, Don; Yamakido, J.
4 December 1982.
2 / 43
Kataoka, Masao; Omura, James; Emi, Frank. Los Angeles, California.
18 September 1985.
2 / 44
Kataoka, Masao; Omura, James; Emi, Frank. Los Angeles, California.
18 September 1985.
2 / 45
Kawai, Nobu. Pasadena, California.
26 May 1982.
2 / 46
Kawai, Nobu. Pasadena, California.
26 May 1982.
2 / 47
King, Frank Toshiyuke. Los Angeles, California.
1 June 1982.
2 / 48
King, Frank Toshiyuke. Los Angeles, California.
1 June 1982.
2 / 49
King, Frank Toshiyuke. Los Angeles, California.
1 June 1982.
2 / 50
Kitasako, John.
Undated [3 October 1982]
2 / 51
Koshiyama, Mits. Los Angeles, California.
17 August 1984.
2 / 52
Koshiyama, Mits.
Undated.
2 / 52
Koshiyama, Mits.
Undated.
2 / 53
Koshiyama, Mits.
Undated.
2 / 54
Koshiyama, Mits, "Nakadate Hearing." [Los Angeles, California.]
18 August 1984.
2 / 55
Koshiyama, Mits, "Nakadate Hearing." [Los Angeles, California.]
18 August 1984.
2 / 56
Koshiyama, Mits. [Los Angeles, California.]
18 August 1984.
2 / 57
Koshiyama, Mits. 18 August 1984; Los Angeles, California.
19 August 1984.
2 / 58
Koshiyama, Mits. [Los Angeles, California.]
19 August 1984.
2 / 59
Koshiyama, Mits. [Los Angeles, California.]
19 August 1984.
2 / 60
Koshiyama, Mits. [Los Angeles, California.]
19 August 1984.
2 / 61
Kubota; Hirabayashi; with Kubota, Gloria; Kubota, Grace Ybarra; Ybarra; Sakai, Kozie; Nozawa, George; Wada, Patty. Toraiya Restaurant, San Francisco, California
5 June 1983.
2 / 62
Kubota; Hirabayashi; with Kubota, Gloria; Kubota, Grace Ybarra; Ybarra; Sakai, Kozie; Nozawa, George; Wada, Patty. Toraiya Restaurant, San Francisco, California
5 June 1983.
2 / 63
Kubota; Hirabayashi. Toraiya Restaurant, San Francisco, California
5 June 1983.
2 / 64
Kubota, Grace Ybarra; with Inada, Lawson; Sakai, Kozie; Nozawa, George; Emi, Frank. San Jose, California.
24 April 1983.
2 / 65
Kubota, Grace Ybarra; Kubota, Gloria; with Inada, Lawson; Sakai, Kozie; Nozawa, George; Emi, Frank. [San Jose, California.]
Undated.
2 / 66
Kubota, Grace Ybarra; Kubota, Gloria; with Inada, Lawson; Nozawa, George; Sakai, Kozie; Emi, Frank. San Jose, California.
24 April 1983.
2 / 67
Kunitsugu, Kats.Los Angeles, California.
6 November 1982.
2 / 68
Kunitsugu, Kats.
Undated.
3 / 69
Kuroki, Ben.
27 May 1982.
3 / 70
Kuromiya, Yoshito.
11 January 1983.
3 / 71
Kuromiya, Yoshito. Los Angeles, California.
11 January 1983.
3 / 72
Masaoka, Mike; Tateshi; Yasui. Airport Hyatt, Los Angeles, California.
10 August 1982.
3 / 73
Masaoka, Mike. Airport Hyatt, Los Angeles, California.
10 August 1982.
3 / 74
Masuda, Thomas Shinao.
26 October 1981.
3 / 75
Mihara, Genji. Seattle, Washington.
11 November 1978.
3 / 76
Mihara, Genji. Seattle, Washington.
11 November 1978.
3 / 77
Miyamoto, Kazuo. Honolulu, Hawaii.
1 November 1979.
3 / 78
Miyamoto, Kazuo. [Honolulu, Hawaii.]
1 November 1979.
3 / 79
Morita, Ichiro.
24 April/May (?) 1983
3 / 80
Mrs. Motoda. Seattle, Washington.
15 December 1978.
3 / 81
Mrs. Motoda. Seattle, Washington.
12 December 1978.
3 / 82
Mrs. Motoda.
14 July 1979.
3 / 83
Mrs. Motoda.
14 July 1979.
3 / 84
Nozawa, George.
24 April 1983.
3 / 85
Omura, James. [Los Angeles, California.]
14 May 1982; 15 May 1982.
3 / 86
Omura, James. Los Angeles, California.
14 May 1982.
3 / 87
Omura, James. Los Angeles, California.
15 May 1982.
3 / 88
Omura, James. Los Angeles, California.
15 May 1982.
3 / 89
Omura, James. [Los Angeles, California.]
15 May 1982.
3 / 90
Omura, James. [Los Angeles, California.]
18 May 1982.
3 / 91
Omura, James. [Los Angeles, California.]
18 May 1982.
3 / 92
Omura, James. [Los Angeles, California.]
18 May 1982.
3 / 93
Omura, James. Los Angeles, California.
26 May 1982.
3 / 94
Omura, James on Hosokawa's "JACL: In Quest of Justice" (#1). [Los Angeles, California.]
25 May 1982.
3 / 95
Omura, James on Hosokawa's "JACL: In Quest of Justice" (#2). [Los Angeles, California.]
25 May 1982.
3 / 96
Omura, James on Hosokawa's "JACL: In Quest of Justice" (#3). [Los Angeles, California.]
25 May 1982.
3 / 97
Omura, James on Masaoka's "Final Report" (#1). Los Angeles, California.
30/31 (?) May 1982.
3 / 98
Omura, James on Masaoka's "Final Report" (#2). Los Angeles, California.
31 May 1982.
3 / 99
Omura, James; Emi, Frank.
18 May 1982; 20 May, 1982.
3 / 100
Ozawa, Shig.
January 1978.
3 / 101
Ozawa, Shig.
January 1978.
3 / 102
Ozawa, Shig.
Undated.
4 / 103
Osawa (Ozawa?), Shig.
Undated.
4 / 104
Osawa, Shig.
Undated.
4 / 105
Osawa, Shig.
Undated.
4 / 106
Osawa, Shig. Baseball camp.
12 August 1978.
4 / 107
Osawa, Shig. [Baseball camp.]
12 August 1978.
4 / 108
Sasaki, Shosuke; Ishu, David on Matilda Gibson, Pomoroy, "Uncle Ed"-- Books, Furuya. Seattle, Washington.
5 August 1978; 12 November 1978
4 / 109
Sasaki, Shosuke. [Seattle, Washington.]
5 May 1978.
4 / 110
Sasaki, Shosuke. Early life, Po
4 / 111
Sasaki, Shosuke. Diaries--For Day of Rom (?), Pictures in Aldam (?), Pomoroy. Seattle, Washington.
12 November 1978.
4 / 112
Sasaki, Shosuke.
4 September 1982.
4 / 113
Sasaki, Shosuke.
4 September 1982.
4 / 114
Sasaki; Miyatake.
5 August 1978.
4 / 115
Sasaki; Miyatake.
Undated.
4 / 116
Shimo, Cedric Masaki; Omura, James. Los Angeles, California.
17 September 1985.
4 / 117
Shimo, Cedric.[Los Angeles, California.]
17 (7?) September 1985.
4 / 118
Shimomura, Toku.
Undated.
4 / 119
Shiozaki, Ron.
20 January 1986.
4 / 120
Somekawa; Miyatake; Omura, James.
6 September 1981; 10 September 1981.
4 / 121
Sugita, Kaoru (Emi); Sugita, Tee; Emi, Frank; Emi, Alice. Los Angeles, California.
29 May 1982.
4 / 122
Sugita, Kaoru (Emi); Emi, Alice; Emi, Frank. [Los Angeles, California.]
29 May 1982.
4 / 123
Sugita, Kaoru (Emi); Emi, Frank. Los Angeles, California.
29 May 1982.
4 / 124
Tada, Fred; Cena (?), Frank; (last name?),Gary. Los Angeles, California.
Undated.
4 / 125
Tamesa, Uhachi; Tamesa, Kay. Seattle, Washington.
4 September 1982.
4 / 126
Tamesa, Uhachi; Tamesa, Kay. Seattle, Washington.
4 September 1982.
4 / 127
Tamesa, Uhachi.
Undated.
4 / 128
Tanaka, Togo.
22 April 1977; 27 April 1977.
4 / 129
Tani.
Undated.
4 / 130
Tokuda, George. Seattle, Washington.
9 November 1978.
4 / 131
Tokuda, George; Tokuda, Toma. Seattle, Washington.
9 November 1978.
4 / 132
Tokuda, George; Tokuda, Toma. [Seattle, Washington.]
9 November 1978.
4 / 133
Tomita, Mas; Tomita, Yoshio.
13 December 1978.
4 / 134
Tomita, Mas; Tomita, Yoshio.
Undated.
4 / 135
Tono, Jack; Yasutake (?), Mike. Chicago, Illinois.
27 October 1981.
4 / 136
Tono, Jack; Yasutake, Mike. Chicago, Illinois.
27 October 1981.
5 / 137
Tono, Jack; Yasutake, Mike. Chicago, Illinois.
27 October 1981.
5 / 138
Tono, Jack. Silver Lake, California (?).
1 April 1982 (?).
5 / 139
Townsend (Townsond?), George; Sasaki, Shosuke; Miyatake, Henry. Sequim, Washington.
12 November 1978.
5 / 140
Townsend, George. Sequim, Washington.
12 November 1978.
5 / 141
Townsend, George. Sequim, Washington.
12 November 1978.
5 / 142
Townsend, George. Sequim, Washington.
12 November 1978.
5 / 143
Uno, Shigeko. Seattle, Washington.
26 October 1978.
5 / 144
Uno, Shigeko; Nogaki, Ken. Seattle, Washington.
25 October 1978.
5 / 145
Uomo (?), Harry.
Undated.
5 / 146
Uyeda, Masato; Nakano (?), Ken. Bio--Immigration; Wyoming Mines; Railroad (?). Seattle, Washington.
31 October 1978.
5 / 147
Uyeda, Masato. Seattle, Washington.
31 October 1978.
5 / 148
Uyeda, Masato. Seattle, Washington.
31 October 1978.
5 / 149
Yamaguchi, Jack. Seattle, Washington.
Undated. [8 November 1978]
5 / 150
Yamaguchi, Jack. Yamaguchi, Dorothy. Seattle, Washington.
8 November 1978.
5 / 151
Yamakido, Joe. Monterey Park, California.
14 November 1982.
5 / 152
Yamakido, Joe. Monterey Park, California.
14 November 1982.
5 / 153
Yamakido, Joe. Monterey Park, California.
14 November 1982.
5 / 154
Yashima, Taro.
13 October 1980.
5 / 155
Yashima, Taro.
13 October 1980.
5 / 156
Minority Report: Frank Abe, KIRO NEWSRADIO 71 California redress bill, with Janet Masuda and "Desert Exile," by Yoshiko Uchida.
Undated.

Series 2: TranscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder
6 / 157
Date, Don. 5 pp. (Tape 6)
6 / 158
Date, Don. 34 pp. (Tape 6)
6 / 159
Date, Don. 15 pp. (Tape 7)
6 / 160
Hirabayashi, Gordon. 58 pp. (Tape 35)
6 / 161
Hirabayashi, Gordon. 24 pp. (Tape 36); 29 pp. (Tape 37); Hirabayashi, Gordon; Hirabayashi, James. 24 pp. (Tape 38)
6 / 162
Hosokawa, Bill. 17 pp. (Tape 39)
6 / 163
Ino, Toru. 29 pp. (No tape)
6 / 164
Kitasako, John. 31 pp. (No tape)
6 / 165
Kitasako, John. 17 pp. (Tape 50)
6 / 166
Kuroki, Ben. 56 pp. (Tape 69)
6 / 167
Miyamoto, Kazuo. 18 pp. (Tape 78)
6 / 168
Morita, Ichiro. 9 pp. (Tape 79)
6 / 169
Morita, Ichiro. 46 pp. (Tape 79)
6 / 170
Ramos, Amelita. 16 pp. (No tape)
6 / 171
Tanaka, Togo. 32 pp. (Tape 128)
6 / 172
Yamakido, Joe. 13 pp. (Tape 153)

Series 3: Reference MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder
6 / 173
Frank Chin Collection notes and materials.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Japanese Americans--Civil rights
  • World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans
  • Personal Names :
  • Chin, Frank, 1940- --Archives (creator)
  • Inada, Lawson Fusao, interviewer
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Personal narratives