Being an American soldier and an "enemy alien"

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I have no feeling except that my parents of course came from Japan, and I really had no feeling about my “enemy” as it were. But I served in Hawai`i Territorial Guard for about a month or two, and we were called in and they said that all Japanese Americans are being discharged from the territorial guard. And we were considered “enemy aliens.” We were Japanese Americans nevertheless, and they said we were enemy aliens and that’s why we were discharged from the territorial guard.

Date: May 29, 2006
Location: Hawai`i, US
Interviewer: Akemi Kikumura Yano
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

discrimination racism World War II

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