“All I have dear to me is in the camp”

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It was a G2 - of the Intelligence - officer once interviewed me and point blank asked me, he asked me a lot of questions but, he says, "if Japan were to invade the United States, which side would you fight for?” And I told him point blank, everything I have dear to me is in the camp, that nothing else I have except within the camp, so I’ll fight for whatever side is defending the camp. And I told him that if circumstances were such that Japan was invading the United States came, I could just picture the local population rising in anger, I could picture the guards from the towers machine gunning my friends and family. I says, if they were shooting against the Japanese, defending the camp, I’ll fight for the U.S. side, if they were shooting my friends, I’ll fight for the Japanese side, cause that’s all I have left to fight for. So he didn’t like my answer. [laughs]

Date: March 25, 2005
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Sojin Kim
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

World War II

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