Recalling Pinedale and Tule Lake concentration camps

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I was at each camp—Pinedale and Tule Lake—approximately three months. I’m only eighteen years old. And at that age, you don’t take things too seriously. It occurred to me that if I were a German or an Italian alien, I would be running around free. Yet, as an American, I am confined behind barbed wire. This obviously did not make sense. But other than that, I did things an eighteen year old might do—play baseball and try to make the best of things. I did want to get out of camp, and I did eventually make it [out] in the fall of 1942.

Date: August 27, 1998
Location: Pennsylvania, US
Interviewer: Darcie Iki, Mitchell Maki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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