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Interview with Evelyn Lyn Kagawa

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Title:Interview with Evelyn Lyn Kagawa
Contributors:Piianaia, Nancy (interviewer)
Kagawa, Evelyn Lyn (interviewee)
Japanese - Lifestyles
Natural Disasters
World War II
Date Issued:1998
Series:Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii Volume I
Description:A Mainland-born woman talks about her parents and their background. She describes December 7, 1941, when her father was picked up by the FBI, and his internment at Lordsburg, New Mexico; her family's internment at Tule Lake, California; and meeting her future husband, a Hawaii-born nisei, in camp. She recalls her in-laws, owners of the S. Hata business, and describes their fabric store. The 1960 tidal wave caught her family in the S. Hata concrete building. While she and her family survived, the merchandise was washed away. She explains how they rebuilt the business.
teacher's aide, storekeeper; Japanese; female
Interview conducted in English.
Pages/Duration:50 min
22 pages
Coverage (Spatial):Hilo, Hawaii (island)
Appears in Collections: Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i

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