Hans Goto was born in 1950 in Los Angeles, California and is Sansei. He grew up in Montebello, California and Watsonville, California. His parents were both medical professionals and worked in the camp hospitals when they were incarcerated during World War II, first at Manzanar and then at Topaz. Goto earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz where he became involved in aikido. He worked at a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco, a Japanese goods store, and later as a high school librarian in Marin County, California before he retired. In this interview, Goto discusses his early life, memories of his grandparents, memories of his parents, his family background, his sister, who was born at Topaz, the role of language during his childhood, attending Japanese school, moving to Watsonville after his parents divorced, his parents experience during incarceration, the lack of education about this history in school, his education in high school and college, his career, his involvement with aikido, spending extensive time in Japan for aikido, his father’s testimony during the redress movement, exploring his family’s heritage, teaching younger children about Japanese American incarceration during World War II, sharing his knowledge with his own children, pilgrimage, and his hopes for the future.




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