“Everybody went in like sheep”

Parents were willing to send her to medical school Differences in discrimination Getting good guidance Unable to work when the war broke out Traumatic experiences before camp Joining the hospital unit in Santa Anita Race Track Lost respect for the flag after incarceration No use in having citizenship Never married “Everybody went in like sheep”

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Well I said - it was the bitterest experience I ever had. And I think that we should have protested. But I guess that’s why they treated us so good is because we didn’t. Everybody went in like sheep, you know, you didn’t have any…the government had no problem. And I’m sure if they’d have any other ethnic group, they’d really have a fight. I mean - I’m sure that the citizens today would not stand for being in a concentration camp. They’d stand for their rights, but our folks, if…I know…when I told my folks I was so upset that I said I was gonna stand up on the soapbox and I’m gonna do this and…it was all talk, you know. And so, my father told my mother – tell her not to raise, you know, cause trouble. So they, I guess most of the Japanese thought, if the government tells you, you do certain thing, you just do it.

Date: March 31, 2005
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Gwenn M. Jensen
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

discrimination incarceration internment racism World War II

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