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Tom Oishi: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Oishi, Tom
Interviewer(s):
Graves, Donna
Washburn, David
Title:
Tom Oishi: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Native of Richmond, Oishi grew-up on the southside of town where his family operated a carnation nursery. He was part of the first group of workers to be employed by the Kaiser shipyards. Upon graduation from Richmond High, Oishi received training to become a welder and began work at Kaiser by late 1941. All of Richmond's Japanese families, including the Oishis, were forced to move to the Tanforan Race Track in San Bruno, where they stayed until being relocated to internment camps throughout the west. The Oishi were interned at Topaz, Utah. Oishi found he was able to work in a nursery in Chicago during the war, and was among the first in his family to return to their nursery in Richmond in 1944. In 1945 Oishi was drafted by the army and served at P.O.W. camps in Virginia and California. He continued to work in the nursery Commerce, Industry, and Labor up until the 1990s. Discusses: growing up in Richmond's Japanese community, attending various city schools, the cut flower Commerce, Industry, and Labor, work at the shipyards, the Japanese internment, life after the war.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2002 2003
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Oskicat record:
b10261068
Rights:
Oishi, Tom. "Tom Oishi: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Donna Graves and David Washburn in 2002 and 2003. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.