This documentary traces the story of Yotaro Arimura from late 19th century Japan to his search for the American Dream in the United States. Along the way, he discovered the promise of a new life in the farm country in California, experienced the San Francisco earthquate, and returned to Japan to marry Aya. In 1917 Yotaro and Aya arrived in the United States and began their family in the agricultural countryside near Fresno, California.
By the beginning of World War II, the Arimura family had ten children and a successful farm business. World War II changed all that forever. Using the voices of the Arimura children, this film tells the story of life in California and of relocation to Camps Jerome and Rohwer in Arkansas, and the impact of that experience on the Arimura family during and after the war.
Length 58 minutes