First meal at Crystal City

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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The first thing I recognized was a can of plum or fruit with syrup in juice, and I just took a couple of those. And it tasted so good, I never ate anything like that. Few more, and I waited to be given our meal. So when we got our meal, I don't know what it was, either French fries or potatoes somehow. And everybody was using ketchup, so I used it. That was the first time I had ketchup, and it was so good, I tell you. To this day I use ketchup on almost anything that I eat.

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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