Aileen Yamaguchi

An American citizen of Japanese heritage, Ms. Yamaguchi spent many of her childhood years in stateside internment camps: ‘The US government had created a law that said people of Japanese descent could not stay in certain areas of California, so we had to move several miles away from home. Like others in our community, we were forced to leave behind our house, belongings, work, school, everything. There were many ironies. We were interned in this camp yet still said the pledge of allegiance‚Ķ We are in a concentration camp by the American government and we are pledging allegiance to the country that is imprisoning us.’

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