Paul Maruyama was born on February 15, 1907, in Yamanashi, Japan. He moved to the United States in 1935 as an exchange student at Western State College of Colorado. At the start of World War II, Mr. Maruyama was teaching in Sacremento, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he was moved to Tule Lake Center in California. He stayed in camp for three years, from 1942 to late 1945.
At the end of World War II, Paul Maruyama settled in Saint Louis, where he taught the first naturalization class for Japanese Americans at the International Institute. Mr. Maruyama opened his own business, Maruyama Import, in 1950, located at 18th street and Chestnut in Saint Louis. Maruyama Import sold Japanese and Asian goods. In 1970, Maruyama was a founding member of the Japan America Society.
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