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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Saiki, Sue, 1919 - Oral History Interview, 1975

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Saiki, Sue, 1919 - . Oral History Interview, 1975.
MSU Archives Collection 1205

Saiki, Sue, 1919 -. Oral History Interview, 1975. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1205. 1 binder, 14 pages.


This collection is the transcript of an oral history interview conducted with Sue Saiki in 1975. In this interview, Mrs. Saiki discusses her family's origins, and her experiences in Mankato as a Japanese American during World War II. She speaks about the environment of hostility present during World War II, raising her children in her family's culture, and life in Mankato after the war.

Biographical Note:

Mrs. Sue Saiki was born in Santa Fe Springs, California, September 19, 1919. Her parents were Junichi (James) Okamoto and Mene Kochi, who were both born in Japan. Sue was the third of six children raised in California. She married Ty (Taro) Saiki in October 1941. They moved to Mankato, Minnesota a few months afterward.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Saiki, Sue, 1919 -. Oral History Interview, 1975. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1205, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


This collection was donated in April 1976.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in January 1977. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell October 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Sue Saiki available elsewhere. The original tape recording of the interview, along with a transcript, is located at the Blue Earth County Historical Society.

LCSH Subject Headings:

- Saiki, Sue 1919 -
- Mankato (Minn.) - History -- World War, 1939-1945
- Japanese American families

Related Collections at MSUM:

Saiki, George, 1919 - . Papers, 1947 - 1974 SMHC Manuscript Collection 1208. 1 folder and 1 transcript.