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James Tanaka

James K. Tanaka is a Sansei born in Portland, Oregon. The Tanaka family was sent to the Portland Assembly Center for four months, and then transferred to Minidoka, Idaho. His parents contracted for a seasonal group leave during the sugar beet season of 1943 but went back to the center during the winter. They lived at the FSA camp until October 1949. Jim and his father moved to Ontario, Oregon where his dad worked as a crew boss. Jim attended Washington High in Portland and then finished up at John H. Francis Polytechnic in Los Angeles. He served during the Korean conflict in a special weapons unit with a “Q” clearance, above a top secret. Jim attended Los Angeles City College and transferred to California State Los Angeles, obtaining a teaching credential in biology. He started volunteering at the Japanese American National Museum in 2000 and worked on a pamphlet for new docents that grew into a two thousand sheet compilation of relocation documents and Japanese American history.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Stories of Resettlement: Nikkei Nation in Motion, 1942–1965
Roy Ebihara
Arthur Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Frank Hiji
James Tanaka
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Capitol 4, 4th Floor
Topic: Different Views on the Incarceration