Internment – Time of Remembrance – Sachiko Louie
First-Hand Accounts of the Japanese American Internment Experience
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Sachiko Louie Interview
00:00 – Introduction
00:18 – Clip 1: Describes being picked up from kindergarten and being told we have to go home now. Recalls being placed on a curfew. Describes camp near McClellan field, before being sent to Tule Lake. Vividly remembers first bathroom experience (pit in the ground). Remembers looking for seashells at Tule Lake.
02:47 – Clip 2: Moved to Amache, Colorado, after Tule Lake. Describes experiences in second grade in camp.
05:29 – Clip 3: Describes third grade.
06:06 – Clip 4: October 1945, almost last family to leave Amache. Describes returning to Sacramento by train and having to stay at the Sacramento Buddhist Church.
08:12 – Clip 5: Describes moving into Portuguese neighborhood in Sacramento.
09:46 – Clip 6: Describes Sacramento High School experience.
12:29 – Clip 7: Describes teachers at Lincoln School. Teachers were receptive.
14:26 – Clip 8: Describes junior year of high school at Sacramento High School. Asks her U.S. History teacher, “what side of the street do I walk on? Colored?” Describes relocation/redevelopment project in Sacramento, of which Sachiko did a research project.
15:49 – Clip 9: Describes Sacramento’s Japan town.
16:33 – Clip 10: Describes brother’s experience at camp of blinding another boy. Describes mess hall.
19:07 – Clip 11: Describes the day leaving Amache. The last family to the leave the block.
20:59 – Clip 12: Describes bitterness that brother felt. Another brother fought in 442. Another brother fought with 522nd (artillery).
21:33 – Credits
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