Forcibly deported to the U.S. from Peru

Memories of childhood in Peru Forcibly deported to the U.S. from Peru Food on the ship to the U.S. Family welcomed at Crystal City First meal at Crystal City Enjoying undokai and sports in Crystal City Postwar sponsorship Immersed in Japanese culture and language Proud of his Japanese, American, and Peruvian identity

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We were given a room, one room for all our brothers and sisters. We took our belongs, whatever we could carry, some were confiscated, they took it away from us. Like my sister would…she hid some money in her shoes and they took that away.

No one told us anything. Even my mother and father, didn’t know where we were going. We just went along, whenever they went, we went. It took us about three weeks. So we landed in New Orleans, Louisiana, we got off and right away they DDT fumigated everybody.

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Date: September 20, 2019
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda and Yoko Nishimura
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum and Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

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