Kagawa, Stephen (11/1/2017)

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Title

Kagawa, Stephen (11/1/2017)

Description

Stephen Kagawa is a fourth generation (Yonsei) Japanese American born and raised in Hawaii. In this interview, he shares what he has learned about his family's roots in Japan and immigration to Hawaii, and describes his paternal grandfather's interactions with the FBI and eventual detention at Sand Island after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He continues with his grandfather's transfer to Jerome, Arkansas, where his wife and children joined him. He describes his father's experiences as a child in Des Moines, Iowa where the family lived briefly before returning to Hawaii. In explaining his motivations for serving on the boards of the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke, and the U.S. Japan Council, he reveals that he knew none of his own family's incarceration history until adulthood and expresses his commitment to ensuring that this history is more widely known.

Date

2017-11-01

Format

video

Interviewer

Takada, Anna

Interviewee

Kagawa, Stephen

Interview Keyword

Hawaii
Sand Island
Jerome
Arkansas
Des Moines
Japanese American National Museum
Go for Broke
U.S. Japan Council
Sansei
Yonsei

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2600


Citation

“Kagawa, Stephen (11/1/2017),” JASC Legacy Center Digital Collections, accessed May 27, 2022, http://digitalcollections.jasc-chicago.org/omeka/items/show/37.