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Our family’s case, we were first living in stables in Santa Anita for many, many months until we were rerouted to Arkansas, Rohwer, where we spent about four years. When we were released, my parents were subject to deportation because my father was no longer in the importing business. They went to San Francisco to fight the deportation order because now they had four kids. Fortunately, there were some civil rights lawyers who fought on their behalf and they were able to overturn the deportation order. And I think something that stuck with me as a young child about how lawyers can fight and make a difference.

Date: July 17, 2013
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Sean Hamamoto
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum; Japanese American Bar Association

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