Lost respect for the flag after incarceration

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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I was very bitter about the whole situation and unfortunately I, at that time – before that time – I used to respect the flag, you know as almost a, you know, almost a god, you know, it represent the United States and everything. But after that, I thought, well it’s only a piece of rag. When I saw the kids marching in the camp you know with the flag, you know and all that, I looked at it and I says, it doesn’t mean anything, now to me it’s only a symbol, it doesn’t have the depth that I felt for the flag. I just couldn’t…cause it really upset me when we were incarcerated.

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

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