Carolyn Iyoya Irving is an employee of the University of California, Berkeley, and a Sansei. During World War II, the United States government incarcerated her family in prison camps at Tanforan and Topaz. Iyoya Irving was born in San Francisco, California, in 1967. She mainly grew up in Seaside, California; attended Pomona College and the University of California, San Diego; lived in Japan and the United Kingdom; and worked for the Asia Foundation and Business for Social Responsibility before joining UC Berkeley. In this interview, Iyoya Irving discusses growing up in Seaside, including school and connections to the Japanese American community; her father's work as a Presbyterian minister; her participation in church youth groups and travel to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the 1980s; briefly living in Japan during high school, and studying abroad in college and after college as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program; observations of historical events like the Redress Movement; education and work history; living in the United Kingdom; her memories of 9/11; her husband and children; the impact of World War II incarceration on her family; incarceration in popular culture; memorialization of incarceration, including visiting Manzanar and attending history exhibitions; connections to the Japanese American community as an adult; building an interracial family; thoughts on intergenerational healing; and reflections on her life and work.




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