Response to loyalty questionnaire

Learning American cooking Getting citizenship back Evacuation Conditions at Pinedale Assembly Center Making craft items from shells found at Tule Lake Response to loyalty questionnaire Move from Tule Lake to Minidoka Apprehension about leaving camp Difficulties finding apartment in Chicago after leaving Minidoka

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My parents didn't say very much, except that they said, What good is your citizenship? You claim that you're Americans, and you were so proud of your citizenship, but here it didn't mean anything. We were in camp just like the Isseis, and we didn't have no say-so or anything. So they didn't, they, of course, thought, Why in the world would anyone want to volunteer, go into the army and fight for the United States, to give up their life for a country that had them imprisoned? So I think that it was a logical thought for Isseis to think that way, because here we were, we were all in the same boat.

Date: September 15-17, 2004
Location: Washington, US
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Contributed by: Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

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