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Shizue Watanabe

Shizue Watanabe was a senior at Dawson County High School in Montana when World War II broke out in 1942, and she remembers the initial shock and confusion she felt when a sheriff came to take away family’s electronics (radio, camera, etc.) on orders from the U.S. government. Despite this, her family was not removed and even found acceptance within their hometown. After high school Ms. Watanabe went to work in the kitchen at Northern Pacific Hospital; due to a shortage of nurses, she was asked to become a nurse’s aide. In 1946 she moved back to Seattle where she learned firsthand about prejudice: she was unable to find a job because she was Japanese. She eventually found work at a maid service doing housecleaning and babysitting, followed by a job at Gai’s Bakery.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

Looking Like the Enemy: A Childhood View [AUDIO]
Satsuki Ina, Ph.D., Filmmaker & Psychotherapist
Miyoko Kodama
Mako Nakagawa, Retired Educator, JACL
Shizue Watanabe


Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Location: Metropolitan A
Topic: Dignity

East of the Exclusion Zone [AUDIO]
Gail M. Nomura, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Washington, Department of American Ethnic Studies
Linda Tamura, Ed.D., Professor of Education, Willamette University
Shizue Watanabe


Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Aspen
Topic: Basic Introduction