“Something ominous in the background…”

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On the other hand, it was something, you know, ominous in the background all the time. After a while, I remember the older boys were getting drafted. They were going off to military service, going off to training. And then after a while someone would come back and they would be wounded, walking on crutches and stuff. So you knew something…you know they would never talk about it but you know what was going on…

What didn’t make sense was... and what seemed kind of odd, because you know these people, like myself, the older boys were put into camp and then when they turned 18 they were drafted into the army. And well, if they are gonna go into the army, even then I said to myself, “Why do they have to be kept in camps?” It didn’t make a lot of sense, but anyways, like a nine year old, I didn’t question it too much. 

Date: July 2, 2014
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Sakura Kato
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum; Japanese American Bar Association

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