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I*: When your sister died, which was I think in October of 1942, were you in Amache [concentration camp AKA Granada concentration camp] by that point or were you still in Santa Anita [assembly center]?


I: Now when your family went to Santa Anita, your sister did not join you because she was in sanitarium.

That's right.

I: And she had tuberculosis.


I: Do you think that the internment of your family had any effect on your sister's health?

Definitely. We could have taken care of her privately. She was moved to a facility where I think they didn't care.

I: When you learned about your sister's death, was that something that was expected? Did the family expect her to die when she did?


I: What type of effect did it [her death] have on your family, on your parents?

Well, we were in Granada [concentration camp]. And so my father was stoic and my mother, my mother, mother, fell apart.

*"I" indicates an interviewer (Daniel H. Inouye).

Date: March 2, 2006
Location: New York, United States
Interviewer: Daniel H. Inouye
Contributed by: Asian/ Pacific/ American Studies Program and Institute, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University.

camps family Granada internment World War II

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