Item SR958_T02S2 - Oral history interviews with George Iwasaki [Sound Recording 04]

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SR958_T02S2

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Oral history interviews with George Iwasaki [Sound Recording 04]

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  • 1992-09-16 (Creation)

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Audiocassette; 00:29:45

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(1912-2009)

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George Iwasaki was born in Sumner, Washington, in 1912. His parents had immigrated to the United States from Shiga Prefecture, Japan, and his family became farmers in the Hillsboro, Oregon, area. In 1942, he and Tomiko Natsuhara were married; they later had five children. Also in 1942, the Iwasaki family was among Japanese Americans ordered to the Portland Assembly Center by the U.S. government. The government gave them the option to work as farm labor, and they spent much of World War II working fields near Nyssa, Oregon. After the war, they were able to recover their farm in Hillsboro. In the 1960s, the farm rebranded as Iwasaki Bros. and became one of the leading bedding plant producers in Oregon. George Iwasaki died in 2009.

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Tape 2, Side 2. This oral history interview with George Iwasaki was conducted by Etsu Osaki at the Oregon Buddhist Church in Portland, Oregon, from August 19 to September 16, 1992. The interview was recorded as part of the Japanese American Oral History Project, which was conducted by the Oregon Historical Society to preserve the stories of Japanese Americans in Oregon. The interview was conducted in two sessions. In the second and final interview session, conducted on September 16, 1992, Iwasaki continues discussing returning to Hillsboro after the family’s release in 1945, how the family recovered their farmland and restarted their business. He talks about the evolution of the family farming business, now known as Iwasaki Bros., to focus on bedding plants. He also speaks about his involvement in Japanese community organizations, including the Oregon Buddhist Church. He closes the interview by talking about his children, their families, and their careers.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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  • eng

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a188347b-bcf3-4550-a498-67d443b12797-SR958_T02S2.mp3

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audio/mpeg

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27.2 MiB

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