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Food

The eating facilities in the camps were large mess halls with long lines and crowded tables. Group living tended to erode family solidarity, as teenagers escaped parental authority by eating with friends rather than family. The quality of the food was poor and milk and fresh meat were constantly in short supply. Inexpensive foods such as wieners, dried fish, pancakes, macaroni and pickled vegetables were served often. The diets of the camp inmates improved only after they began growing some of their own food.

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Food (137)

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The Tule Lake Cooperator, Vol. 4, No. 102 (November 10, 1945) (ddr-densho-289-9)
av The Tule Lake Cooperator, Vol. 4, No. 102 (November 10, 1945) (ddr-densho-289-9)
Selected article titles: "Special Meeting of General Assembly: Opening Address" (p. 1), "Tofu Making Discontinued Nov. 30" (p. 1), "Resolutions Adopted By General Assembly" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 27 (July 6, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-75)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 27 (July 6, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-75)
Selected article titles: "Officials Give Views on Closing of Stores" (pp. 1-2), "Skeleton Remains of Young Indian Found at Blk. 51" (p. 1), "Housing Adjustments Necessary Says Thomas" (p. 2), and "Farm Produces 250,545 Pounds" (p. 2).
Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 9 (July 29, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-7)
doc Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 9 (July 29, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-7)
Selected article titles: "Election Results: Five New Directors Chosen; Ito, Yoda, Oida Re-elected" (p. 1), "New Faces Seen at Canteen, Office; Circulation Head Named" (p. 1), "Sanitation Prevents Sale of Fresh Fish - Mangement" (p. 1).
Tule Lake Cooperator, Vol. 2, No. 35 (November 6, 1943) (ddr-densho-289-6)
doc Tule Lake Cooperator, Vol. 2, No. 35 (November 6, 1943) (ddr-densho-289-6)
Selected article titles: "'Let's Join Co-op and Get the Benefits!'" (p. 1), "Co-op Plan to Make 'Tofu'" (p. 1), "Licensed Pharmacists Wanted" (p. 1).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 24 (August 10, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-30)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 24 (August 10, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-30)
Selected article titles: "Canada Gives Postwar Policy on Japanese" (p. 1), "Patrolmen: Reorganized Force Asks Residents' Cooperation" (pp. 1-2), and "WRA Announces Revision of Food Ration Quotas" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 23 (June 8, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-72)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 23 (June 8, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-72)
Selected article titles: "Food Committee to Be Elected" (p. 1), "Eight Violators Given Jail Terms" (p. 1), "Doubt Constitutionality of 2 Sections of New Law" (p. 2), and "Japanese in LA Hold Memorial Day Services" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 15 (June 8, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-22)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 15 (June 8, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-22)
Selected article titles: "Voluntary Terminations Asked in Families of Two" (p. 2) and "Hayward Assures Ample Supply of Vegetables" (p. 2).
Mitsue Matsui Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1008-3-13)
vh Mitsue Matsui Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1008-3-13)
Food in Topaz concentration camp

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1005-1-4)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1005-1-4)
Served food in the mess hall

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

Mas Okui Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1003-13-13)
vh Mas Okui Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1003-13-13)
Description of food in camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-7-13)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-7-13)
Working in the camp mess hall: making do when certain foods are in short supply

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection ...

Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1002-8-10)
vh Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1002-8-10)
Having a baby in camp: feeling angry because of lack of nutritious food for child

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection ...

Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-8-9)
vh Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-8-9)
Life in Manzanar concentration camp, California: lack of privacy, "dreadful food"

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life ...

An Oral History with Norman Y. Mineta - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-55-1)
vh An Oral History with Norman Y. Mineta - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-55-1)
Japanese American congressman, representing the Thirteenth Congressional District of California, born and raised in San Jose, California, discusses his early life, graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, and receiving a commission and serving in the armed forces from 1953-1956. Recalls the removal, "relocation," and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at the Heart ...
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