Oral History Interview with Tetsu Ted Ishihara
Issei male, born on March 20, 1905 and came to the United States as a Yobiyose ("one who is called"). The Japanese term refers to a law of the time limiting entry only to relatives of aliens already here. Tetsuo's father sent for him to help at an Idaho laundry. Later, Tetsuo and his family went to Tacoma, Washington to start a dry cleaning business. At age thirty-seven, Tetsuo, his wife and children were interned at Pinedale Assembly Center, then Tule Lake, California. There, he was among only twelve of eighty block managers who were pro-America. The pro-Japan group aimed to "beat and kill" the pro-Americans who were protected by the War Relocation Authority. The Ishiharas moved to Stockton, California where Tetsuo worked for twenty-five years for the Southern Pacific railroad. He obtained U.S. citizenship, was active in Japanese American Citizens League and was a reporter for the Nichi Bei Times for over fifty years.
English transcript available at California State University, Sacramento University Library
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