Bob Uyeyama

Bob Uyeyama was born in Sheldon, California, in 1935. He attended Enterprise Elementary School for 1st grade. When World War II broke out, he was sent to Jerome and Rohwer internment camps. 

Video Timeline

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00:00 – Introduction

00:18 – Clip 1
Description of family when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

01:20 – Clip 2
Loyalty oaths and “No, No’s” can be compared to loyalty oaths during the McCarthy trials. Dad was taken to Tule Lake Detention Center for not signing oath. Dad was separated from family until the end of the war.

03:46  – Clip 3
Released from camp and sent back to their homes with $25, everything was taken away, home and farm was gone. Lived in Camp Kohler near McClellan Air Force base and at the Japanese Methodist Church.

05:49 – Clip 4
Describes school experience when they returned to Florin from camp and his former friends would not accept him.

07:04 – Clip 5
Starting all over from scratch. Family had nothing.

Video production provided by the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium –

Photo Gallery

Primary source images to accompany Bob Uyeyama’s story
Images provided by the Uyeyama Family – Elk Grove Unified School District

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