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Arthur Goodfriend Papers

Oral History: Finding Aid

The following is a general outline of topics discussed during specific days of taping. It is by no means complete and is primarily intended as a rough guide to the contents of Arthur Goodfriend's oral history that was recorded in 1997 by Shari Tamashiro and Jason Yamashita. Portions relating to World War II have been transcribed thanks to a grant from the Hawai'i Committee for the Humanities.

Tape: Recorded August 5, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Talking about how illuminated manuscripts inspired his journals.
  2. First job as a page boy and subsequent employment.
  3. View of "life as experience/adventure."
  4. Looking over his first journal.
  5. Discussing the uses for keeping journals.
  6. Significance of the term "scrapbook" to his journals and life.
  7. Job at stock exchange and impact on life.
  8. Trip as sailor from New York to Hamburg, Germany.
  9. Money saved for trip.
  10. Discussing first trip to Europe.
  11. Philosophy of "experiential education."
  12. His journals as his legacy.
  13. Discussing being a contrarian.
  14. Post-Europe, seeking employment and assessing skills.
  15. Working for Amos Parish in the men's fashion business.
  16. Following the Prince of Wales.

Tape: Recorded August 7, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Artistic considerations on composition for first images in journals.
  2. Impact of seeing the Armory Show--an art exhibit in New York.
  3. Discussion on humanity. Contains thoughts on nutrition, reproduction, striving for happiness, progress, and how the world has changed.
  4. Discussion of religion--Jewish heritage; Catholic baptism.
  5. Creation of "Little Arthur" character.
  6. Reading selected passages from autobiography (p. 2).
  7. Experiences writing his autobiography.

Tape: Recorded August 18, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Reading selected passages from Russia, 1935 journal.
  2. Discussing artistic style for Russia, 1935 journal.
  3. Strudel story: getting into trouble entering Russia.
  4. Imprisonment for taking photographs.
  5. Discussing images of Stalin and factories.
  6. Bologna story: politics in Russia.
  7. Discussing Japan and Russia.
  8. Impressions of Russian people and culture.
  9. Being tempted by Communism/Socialism.
  10. Fashion ideas from Russia.
  11. Book idea from Russia (If You Were Born Russian).
  12. McCarthy period.
  13. Pleasures in first trip to Russia.
  14. 1983 trip to Russia: comparison.
  15. Comparison of artistic technique from beginning and end of journal.
  16. Drawings of Russian students.
  17. Concept of using pictures vs. renderings in journals.

Tape: Recorded August 19, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. One Man Crime Wave: arrested in China.
  2. Discussing Around the World, 1935-36.
  3. Vienna: Augurs of the war.
  4. Warsaw: All Soul's Night.
  5. Stylistic considerations: Hitler and politicized images.
  6. Germany: emotions evoked. Cultural awakening.
  7. Becoming a citizen of the world.
  8. Discussing Nazi beliefs.
  9. Militarism in Japan.
  10. End of trip.
  11. Experiences with Mussolini in Italy.
  12. Discussing people being caught up in the spirit of the times.
  13. Discussing being back in America.
  14. Discussing career, success, and family.
  15. Beginning and end of WWII.

Tape: Recorded August 20, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Training at Camp Lee, Virginia.
  2. Creating instruction/training manuals for the army.
  3. Working with Morale Services.
  4. Editor of Stars and Stripes.
  5. Reading selected editorials: "So You Wanna Go Home, Eh?"
  6. The creation of "B-Bag."
  7. Requesting re-assignment.
  8. Publishing full-page picture of Mt. Suribachi, raising of the flag.
  9. Foray undercover as "Private Goodwin."
  10. Other undercover exploits.
  11. Liberation of Dachau.

Tape: Recorded August 21, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Other concentration camps.
  2. Discussing Spam and its role in the war.
  3. Nuremburg Trials.
  4. Legion of Merit.
  5. Shanghai: another encounter with Hirohito.
  6. Stars and Stripes in China.
  7. Captured by the Communist army.
  8. Adventures on the Pan American highway: costumes sketches; meeting Eva Peron; cultural differences; and class system.
  9. Writing and publishing, If You Were Born in Russia.
  10. Marriage.

Tape: Recorded August 22, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. China: Through Chinese Eyes.
  2. Marriage to Edith.
  3. Honeymoon trip around the world, 1954.
  4. Meeting and working for Rockefeller.
  5. Traveling as a family.
  6. Becoming an author.
  7. Collaboration with James Michener on book, Something is Missing.
  8. Trip to Iran.
  9. Divorce.
  10. Family travel vs. independent travel.
  11. India: diplomatic services. Difficulties encountered.
  12. Difficulties in marriage.
  13. Edith's second husband's death.
  14. Creation of the Peace Corp.
  15. Africa: Discussing journal.

Tape: Recorded August 29, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Project Hope.
  2. After Project Hope: teaching; art course; "The Art of Non-Appreciation"; and art exhibition.
  3. Influence of art.
  4. Wall Street Paintings Exhibit.
  5. Discussion on value of art, cultural aspects of art in America, capitalism and art, economics as new religion in art, art as reality, and individual artistic spirit and process.
  6. Society's responsibility to artists.
  7. Censorship.
  8. Defining "Art."
  9. Traveling to Italy.
  10. American views regarding history.
  11. Philosophical discussion of contemporary society: living for the moment.
  12. Harvard 1979.

Tape: Recorded August 29, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Peace Corp: background, training, artificial Filipino village created on the Big Island.
  2. 12 week training, problems encountered.
  3. Questioning programs existence.
  4. Creation of "Lito and Lita" comic books to teach health and family planning.
  5. Teaching French.
  6. Extra training at the University.
  7. Peace Corp: significance of participation.
  8. Future ramifications and criticism of Peace Corp.
  9. Reading from autobiography (p. 329).
  10. 1980 Peace Corp journal.

Tape: Recorded September 2, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Second Peace Corp journal.
  2. Being a judge for a beauty pagent.
  3. Living in Pamilacan (sp).
  4. Ramifications of "Lito and Lita" comic books.
  5. Reading "Farewell" and letters from friends.
  6. Reading from Ice Almanac, August 1981: discussing official reports on effectiveness of comic books.
  7. Quest for PhD: rejection from doctoral program at UH.
  8. Acceptance at Cambridge, England
  9. Living in Hughes Hall.
  10. English vs. American education: Eisenhower anecdote.
  11. Cambridge American Cemetery and Statues Tour of Cambridge.
  12. Discussion of monarchy system.

Tape: Recorded September 3, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. England's educational system.
  2. Reading from autobiography (p. 320).
  3. "Dungeons of Wickedness."
  4. Germany's educational system.
  5. "The American Facsimile."
  6. American education today.
  7. Russia's educational system.
  8. Japan's educational system.
  9. China's educational system.
  10. Australia's educational system.

Tape: Recorded September 5, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Comic books.
  2. New Zealand journal.
  3. Safari journal.
  4. World War II journal, Ticket to Invasion.
  5. Reflecting upon position and achievements attained.
  6. "Short snorters": Signing of one dollar bill (anecdote).
  7. Reading from journal: foreign coins.
  8. Reading from journal: letter about manuals to train soldiers.
  9. Off to Normandy illustration discussed.
  10. Reading from journal: "Education in Review."

Tape: Recorded September 9, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Doctorate degree.
  2. Refusing to use footnotes and ensuing battles.
  3. Reading from autobiography: p. 408-409, 411, 412-413.
  4. Granville Stanley Hall.
  5. Reading from autobiography: "I am a Child" theme (p. 416); "Nigger"; "Disjointed Incrementalism" (p. 418); and views on Immanuel Kant--Herr Kant (p. 426-434).
  6. Dialogue re: educational concerns.
  7. Discussing book, Education of a Survivor.
  8. Defining what a "good" life is.

Tape: Recorded September 30, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Second tour of Peace Corp in Hungary.
  2. Arrival and training.
  3. Methods of teaching language discussed.
  4. Discussing book, English for a Changing Hungary.
  5. Finding his roots in Hungary, traveling to claim past.
  6. Reading from autobiography (p. 458-459).
  7. Finding resolution with hidden Jewish past. Dealing with guilt.
  8. Discussing journal, Confessions of a Lacerated Linguist.
  9. Second Hungary journal.
  10. Leaving Hungary.
  11. Discussing book on Alzheimer's, A Cloud Hovers Over America.
  12. Reading from autobiography (p. 464).
  13. Importance of "Alzheimer's period" in life.
  14. Reading from autobiography (p. 478).

Tape: Recorded October 14, 1997

Outline of session:

  1. Reflections on the homeless situation in general and in Hawaii. Impact and conclusions.
  2. Discussing autobiography.
  3. Discussing process of writing an autobiography.
  4. Reading conclusion of autobiography (p. 497).
  5. Q & A session.

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