Concentration camp from a Japanese mother’s point of view (Japanese)

Concentration camp from a Japanese mother’s point of view (Japanese) Why I got my American citizenship (Japanese) The reactions of others when I got my American citizenship (Japanese) My changing identity depending on circumstances (Japanese) Americanized values (Japanese) Traditional Japanese events for Japanese Americans (Japanese) Leaving for the States without telling my parents (Japanese)

Transcripts available in the following languages:

(Japanese) I didn’t know anything at all (about Japanese Americans before I came to the States). But my mother had experienced the war, and she was the one who first told me that the Japanese Americans had been sent to concentration camps before World War II began. Here’s another interesting story about my mother: I don’t know whether my mother read the book (about Japanese American experiences during the World War II). The Gifu prefecture had been bombed by an air-strike, and upon returning from evacuation, she found that her house had burned down into ashes. I remember her telling me, “Maybe the Japanese Americans were more fortunate than us.” Their houses didn’t burn down, they were given food, and they at least had some sense of security. My mother has mentioned before that our parents and grandparents had a much tougher time, surviving with much less food. So even though it was tragic that the Japanese Americans were sent to camp, maybe in a way it was a fortunate thing. This is something that I’ve heard my mother say.

Date: March 1, 2007
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Yoko Nishimura
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

incarceration internment World War II

Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

Read the Nikkei Roots stories >>

Get updates

Sign up for email updates

Journal feed
Events feed
Comments feed

Support this project

Discover Nikkei

Discover Nikkei is a place to connect with others and share the Nikkei experience. To continue to sustain and grow this project, we need your help!

Ways to help >>

A project of the Japanese American National Museum

Major support by The Nippon Foundation