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Ransacking of family home by FBI following the bombing of Pearl Harbor

But I remember when the FBI actually came, though.

He was searched, bodily searched, and he did have a wad of money, which was four hundred or something. It was rolled bills. And, in those days, you know, we didn't have these drops, banks, drops or whatever, I guess. So he had it on his body, and of course they took, stripped him of everything. They searched all the kids' room, the back room, and then they came back to him and they told him to put something together. And the only thing I... just a regular brown bag, he threw his toilet articles in, and then he was off. There was no suitcase.

But, yeah, I thought, I thought, Gee, here Papa's always the boss, always ordering people around, and now he was like a little puppy. He... other people were controlling him for a change, which I never saw, and that was a funny turnover of events. That, even as a kid, you feel, gee this is scary.


World War II

Date: August 3 & 4, 2003

Location: Washington, US

Interviewer: Alice Ito

Contributed by: Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

Interviewee Bio

Nisei female. Born December 30, 1927 in Seattle, Washington. Lived in Japan for fifteen months as a child, before returning to Seattle to attend junior high school. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was picked up by the FBI and taken to the Department of Justice camp at Missoula, Montana. Removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, before being reunited with father at the Minidoka incarceration camp, Idaho. Family volunteered to leave for Japan in 1943 on the U.S. government's exchange ship, the USS Gripsholm. Attended high school in Japan, and participated in military and air raid drills. During the U.S.'s postwar occupation of Japan, attended Doshisha University and worked for a U.S. army station hospital library. Returned to the U.S. and enrolled at St. Mary's teaching hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Denied redress because of expatriation to Japan, but succeeded in obtaining redress in 1996 after filing a class-action lawsuit.

*The full interview is available Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

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