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I: Do you remember attending a speech that Mike Masaoka gave in Los Angeles?

Yes. He came back from San Francisco and met with the [United States government] authorities. And he came back and we were in the Dai-Ichi Gakuen in J-town. He came back and said, "Without rancor, without bitterness, evacuate!" And so I thought, "Who the hell is he coming from Salt Lake City and Denver to evacuate me because I had property here and I had a business here." I felt very bitter about moving.

*"I" indicates an interviewer (Daniel H. Inouye).

 

Date: March 2, 2006
Location: New York, United States
Interviewer: Daniel H. Inouye
Contributed by: Asian/ Pacific/ American Studies Program and Institute, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University.

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