This series of 16 oral histories is the result of a project created by members of the South Bay Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) to capture the stories of some of the older Japanese residents of the area and it has been added to VOAHA at their request. Seed money was granted in mid 2002 from the Pacific Southwest District of the JACL Trust Fund. Additional funding came through the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, administered by the California State Library, in May 2003. The sixteen narrators in this series were chosen to reflect the various experiences of South Bay Issei and Nisei. Some grew up on farms and others in suburban area; some were incarcerated during WWII in concentration camps and some spent all or part of the war working and living in other parts of the US or Japan. All of them returned to the South Bay after WWII and observed the changes that have occurred in area through the end of the twentieth century.