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Interview with Masao Uchima

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Title:Interview with Masao Uchima
Contributors:Nishimoto, Warren (interviewer)
Uchima, Masao (interviewee)
Natural Disasters
South Hilo (district)
Date Issued:1998
Series:Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii Volume I
Source:29-3-1-98, 29-10-2-98
Description:Raised in Shinmachi, a man recollects the area's close-knit families and sport and river-based activities. He details his family's laundry business and his chores: pressing, dry cleaning, and maintaining the boiler's pressure. He describes awakening on April 1, 1946 in a house surrounded by water and his family's escape to the nearby Coca-Cola concrete building, where they witnessed people swept to their deaths and the destruction of homes and businesses. Also discussed is the tsunami's aftermath, including identification of bodies and relocation of survivors.
laundry helper, bottling company worker, insurance agent; Okinawan; male
Interview conducted in English.
Pages/Duration:3 hr, 2 min
46 pages
Coverage (Spatial):Hilo, Hawaii (island)
Appears in Collections: Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i

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