Barbara Reiko Mikami Keimi Segment 5

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A bad experience in a new elementary school, then being sent to the Merced Assembly Center

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February 5, 2019

Densho Visual History Collection


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Barbara Reiko Mikami Keimi

Barbara Reiko Mikami Keimi Interview

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Los Angeles, California

Sansei female. Born December 4, 1935, in Sawtelle, California. Grew up in Huntington Beach, California, where father worked as a chauffeur. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was picked up by the FBI and taken to the Tuna Canyon Detention Station. He rejoined the family at the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the family was then sent to the Amache concentration camp, Colorado. Parents decided to go to Japan and were sent to Tule Lake, but eventually decided to remain in the United States. After leaving camp, returned to Los Angeles. Barbara was active in camp pilgrimages and reunions after the war, as well as volunteering for the Japanese American National Museum.

Virginia Yamada, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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