Nancy Kyoko Oda

Nancy Kyoko Oda was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center. She is a retired elementary school principal, San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, and Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition President. The Tule Lake Stockade Diary is on the UCLA Suyama Project website.

Updated June 2018

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Nikkei Chronicles #7—Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

Tule Lake Stockade Diary: A Story of Survival

Forty five years ago, my father, Tatsuo Inouye, and I sat in the family kitchen to transcribe his Tule Lake Stockade Diary. My two little boys were sleeping in the back room while we cranked it out night after night in a smoky room until I had a paper for my class at UCLA.

It was not just an assignment; it is our family story, our voice, and our stamp on America.

As a Sansei born at the end of the incarceration, I am the first to say that I don’t have any memory of the camps. However, our family …

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