Interrupted Lives: Japanese American Students
at the University of Washington, 1941–1942

Nikkei Students at the University of Washington

Koichi Arthur Hayashi
Hometown
Seattle
UW Major / Department
A&S
Class
So
Assembly Center
Puyallup
Relocation Center
Minidoka
Koichi Arthur Hayashi received a scholarship at Oberlin, but was unable to leave Minidoka in time begin classes. Instead, he volunteered for the army but was rejected due to poor eyesight. Hayashi left Minidoka in 1943 and began working as an accountant. He would later published NISEI VUE magazine and worked for a printer until he started his own company in 1955 called the International Art Studio, Inc. In addition to being a printing and advertising executive, Hayashi was an avid musician. In high school he led the Mikados of Swing which later became the Harmonaires of Camp Harmony and Minidoka. His musical career is covered in George Yoshida's book, Reminiscing in Swingtime: Japanese Americans in Popular Music. He married and had three sons. Koichi A. Hayashi died on 21 January 2008 in Illinois.

 

Source: Personal communication with K. Hayashi and Social Security Death Index

Bibliography and other sources:
Yoshida, George. Reminiscing in Swingtime: Japanese Americans in American Popular Music. San Francisco: National Japanese American Historical Society, 1997.
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