Born in Inglewood, California, Frank was the seventh of eight children born to Issei parents, Saheiji and Emi Hiji. The family farmed in the Los Angeles area until they experienced two tragedies, the passing of their mother and the order to leave their home and relocate to the Santa Anita Assembly Center. While there, Frank’s father accepted a sugar beet harvesting contract in Longmont, CO that enabled the family to leave the assembly center. Later, they farmed in Henderson and Wattenberg, located in the Brighton area. Finally, the family moved to Los Angeles then onto Oxnard. Under the guidance of his older brother Tsugio, Frank joined the farming business that began with ten acres. With the addition of his younger brother, Robert, Hiji Bros. was formed and grew into a 2000+ acre farming company with distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada. At present, Hiji Bros. has expanded its operations to include Seaview Growers, Inc. (vegetable nursery), Cal-Cel Marketing, Inc. (produce sales and marketing), Richview, Inc. (cooling facility), Cal-Coast Machinery, Inc. (John Deere Dealerships in Santa Maria, Oxnard, & Paso Robles) and Hiji Investment Co., LLC (real estate development). In January 2008, Frank and his brothers, Tsugio and Robert, retired from farming after fifty seven years together. Hiji Bros. farming operations continues under the sons of the three brothers. Today, Frank enjoys traveling with Betty, his wife of fifty years, and spending time with his four children and eleven grandchildren.
Saturday, July 5
Stories of Resettlement: Nikkei Nation in Motion, 1942–1965
Arthur Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Capitol 4, 4th Floor
Topic: Different Views on the Incarceration