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Harry Urata oral history interview, part 1 of 3, January 19, 2009
Urata begins the interview speaking about his family background and growing up in Japan, Korea and Hawaii. As his father died when he was just 1, Urata would move to Japan for a short amount of time before moving to Seoul, South Korea to live with his aunt. Once the impending war got close, he would move again back to Hawaii, where he was born. Not knowing much english, he decided to enroll at a boarding school called Mid-Pacific and would attend classes there while working and taking music lessons. Next, he talks about hearing about the Pearl Harbor attacks on the radio and about a year later, he would be arrested and taken in for interrogation. After his hearing, he would learn that he would be taken to Honouliuli Internment Camp, where he would share a barrack with eight other inmates.
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Urata, Harry: narrator, Niiya, Brian: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Harry Urata oral history interview, part 1 of 3, January 19, 2009,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 27, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1055657.