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Interview with James U.C. Low

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Title:Interview with James U.C. Low
Contributors:Piianaia, Nancy (interviewer)
Low, James U.C. (interviewee)
Chinese - Lifestyles
Natural Disasters
South Hilo (district)
Date Issued:1998
Series:Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii Volume I
Source:29-19-1-98, 29-20-2-98
Description:Hilo-born son of storekeepers/restauranteurs describes his upbringing, with a focus on Shinmachi. He depicts restaurant work and the effects of World War II on business. Caught in the 1946 tsunami, he details the downtown Hilo's destruction and how he escaped, as well as the cleanup and recovery. He talks about his military service in Korea and his return to the family business. The 1960 tsunami claimed the restaurant and he explains business reconstruction and factors which led to its closure thirty years later.
soldier, restaurant owner; Chinese; male
Interview conducted in English.
Pages/Duration:50 min
39 pages
Coverage (Spatial):Hilo, Hawaii (island)
Appears in Collections: Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i

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