Julia Tinker and Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker

Recorded March 1, 2020 Archived March 1, 2020 39:45 minutes
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Julia Tinker (49) and her mother Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker (80) talk about their respective Japanese-American identities and also talk about Carlene's experience in Amache internment camp as a youngster, dealing with racism in California, and going back to Amache as an adult to help preserve the history of the folks interned at the camp.

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CTT talks about her parents American vs Japanese names and that her family all had American and Japanese names.
CTT describes racism her family faces as Japanese folks in California in the 1920's.
CTT talks about her experiences in the internment camp as a youngster, in particular the Amache camp in Colorado.
CTT describes going to elementary school while inside the internment camp and remembers going to the National Archives and finding her preschool report cards.
CTT describes having been well-liked in high school and anticipating that to follow at UCLA but it did not.
JT describes all the foods that bring back memories of her childhood that she thought everyone ate but then realized that wasn't the case.
CTT describes how the $20,000 the government issued as reparations for being interned was not enough to cover dignity lost.
CTT talks about going to the reunion for folks who were interned at Amache and getting involved in archaeological digs at the camp.
CTT talks about a deep fear, even today, that when she meets new people they will see her negatively as Japanese.


  • Julia Tinker (b. 1970)
  • Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker (b. 1939)

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