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Junko Kimura Transcript

Conducted by David Dunham and Candice Fukumoto in 2014, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2015.


Photo of Junko Maida Kimura, 1932
Junko Maida Kimura, 1932

Photo of Junko Kimura, Meriko Maida, and Asako TokunoJunko Kimura, Meriko Maida, and Asako Tokuno

Junko Kimura, younger sister of Asako Tokuno and Meriko Maida describes her early life helping her parents and sisters with the family nursery in Richmond, California. She describes her dismay at hearing of the start of World War II and the subsequent need for uprooting from Richmond. Junko recounts her successive moves to Half Moon Bay, Tanforan, Topaz incarceration camp, and then to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She discusses experiences during incarceration and college, and finally her return to Richmond after the war.

Remembering our Local Japanese Heritage: The El Cerrito and Richmond Flower Growers includes photos and other archival documents referencing the Maida family.


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