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Interview with Susan Minami Miyamoto

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Title: Interview with Susan Minami Miyamoto
Interviewer: Nishimoto, Warren
Interviewee: Miyamoto, Susan Minami, 1919-
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Center for Oral History, Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Series/Report no.: Lānaʻi: Reflecting on the Past; Bracing for the Future
Abstract: Susan Miyamoto was born in 1919 in Pāʻia, Maui, where her father, Jusaku Minami, an immigrant from Kumamoto-ken, Japan, worked at the sugar mill. He also grew and sold watermelons. Her mother, Fujiyo Minami, gave birth to ten children, seven of whom survived beyond early childhood. The Minami family, composed of mother, father, grandmother, and seven children, were residents of Lānaʻi, beginning in 1924. They lived in Namba Camp, then Crusher Camp, and finally Lānaʻi City. Jusaku Minami’s first job on Lānaʻi was with a crew of workers building a stone wall at Kaumālapaʻu. Later, he rose from field worker to foreman of women field workers. He also grew and sold vegetables. Susan Miyamoto attended Lānaʻi High and Elementary School until the tenth grade. In 1938, she completed the eleventh and twelfth grades at McKinley High School on Oʻahu. Returning to Lānaʻi that same year, she began office work at Lānaʻi Hospital. In 1972, she retired as office manager. She and her husband, Sadao, raised five children.
Description: Interview conducted in English.
Interview conducted at Lānaʻi City, Lānaʻi.
Pages/Duration: 23 pages
Appears in Collections:Lānaʻi: Reflecting on the Past; Bracing for the Future

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