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Grant H. Ichikawa was born 17 April 1919. His father had come to the United States from Japan. People from Japan were forbidden from buying farms in California so his father leased land to set up and work a small 40 acre fruit farm. Ichikawa grew up being a farmer’s son on a fruit farm. When he was in his mid-high school years he told his father that he wanted to go to college which was something most farmer’s sons didn't do. They usually stayed on the farm to help their father. His father had to think about it but said ok. Ichikawa was father was poor so he had to pay for his own way through college. He graduated from the University of California in 1941. In college he studied commerce. Ichikawa had just finished college and was looking for a job when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After the attack he had a very hard time finding a job because people would not hire Japanese Americans. In California there was discrimination against Japanese Americans. After the attack on Pearl Harbor things got even worse so Ichikawa stopped looking for a job. He had specialized in accounting and felt that nobody wanted to hire a Japanese accountant. Ichikawa became a fruit farmer since he could not find work. In early 1941 he rented an 80 acre farm. He got a good deal on the place because there was no equipment and he had to buy everything himself. He was very happy with his situation before the war started. He did not worry about things because he was an American citizen. When he was rounded up with the rest of his family he felt that what was happening to them was wrong and illegal because he had not done anything wrong.


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