Oral history interviews with Nadyne Yoneko Dozono [Sound Recording 25]

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Oral history interviews with Nadyne Yoneko Dozono [Sound Recording 25]


  • 1998-02-04 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:30:49

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Nadyne Yoneko Dozono, nee Yoneko Niguma, was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1915. Her family arranged for her to go to Japan in 1931, when she was a teenager, to obtain a two-year education in Japanese culture. In 1934, while still in Japan, she and Asazo Dozono were married, and they later had three children. She lived in Japan during World War II and considered herself a Japanese citizen. After the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States in 1945, she worked with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, which studied the effects of radiation poisoning among the survivors. She returned to the United States with her oldest child in 1953, with Asazo Dozono and the other children following shortly after. In the U.S., she continued working as an interpreter for the Japanese Ancestral League, as well as occasionally for the FBI. She was active in the Veleda Nisei Women's Club and often spoke in public schools about Japanese culture. She died in 2013.

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Tape 13, Side 1. This oral history interview with Nadyne Yoneko Dozono was conducted by Clark Hansen at Dozono’s home in Portland, Oregon, from January 23 to February 5, 1998. 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 seven sessions. In the sixth interview session, conducted on February 4, 1998, Dozono discusses the Japanese-American community in the Pacific Northwest, the community's reaction to incarceration by the U.S. government, and the movement for reparations. She talks more about her involvement in community organizations, particularly the Japanese Ancestral Society and the Veleda Nisei Women’s Club. She also talks about gender roles in Japanese culture and how they have changed over the 20th century. She speaks about her work speaking in schools about Japanese culture and the U.S. government's incarceration of Japanese-Americans. She talks about Japanese-American organizations, including the Oregon Nikkei Endowment, as well as the Japanese-American community. She also discusses several trips she took back to Japan. She closes the session by talking about her 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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