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There was a core of us, that you know, kept it going. But there was a free flow of people who came in and went, and contributed for a month or two and left. We had summer youth workers that worked only in the summertime. But you know all of that I think, really made for that, that eclectic but also vibrant, you know like a whole kind of a experience. And so beyond what’s in the paper, for us, I think the people, and you know I said earlier, we’re all still friends, that camaraderie. I mean, if you stay up until 4 or 5 in the morning every night, and yell at each other, scream at each other, struggle with each other, and produce something, I mean, you know, I think it’s, that’s how you really bond through struggle.

That’s why you see the 442nd you know, still reuniting because they went through a common experience of struggle. You know, people in camps went through a common experience of struggle. I mean, ours, we can’t equate with those two but you know, we in our own ways, bonded through the process of hammering our differences and wanting to contribute to a larger movement you know so.

Date: September 29, 2011
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Kris Kuromitsu, John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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