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The Japanese-American Association of Lane County, Oregon, Oral History Collection

Oral histories of Japanese Americans living in Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, and the vicinity; they document the immigrant experiences of the interviewees' families; their WWII experiences in internment camps; and their lives in the years after the war.

Ken Nagao

Ken Nagao was born in Hawaii to a large family just before World War II. Nagao came to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon in the 1960s to study architecture. He now has his own firm, Nagao Pacific Architectural PC, and has designed numerous homes and buildings in the Eugene area. Nagao was a founder of the Asian Celebration and has been active in the Asian Kite Festival, Eugene Taiko, and the Japanese-American Association. His interests include hunting, ukulele, Hawaiian music, kites, pottery, travel, cooking, and entertaining.

Link to interview.

Ken Photograph