Living conditions

The "assembly centers" were hastily erected quarters located throughout the West Coast at fairgrounds, racetracks and other similar facilities. Conditions at these locations were appalling. People were housed in animal stalls and barracks with communal bathrooms and mess halls. Privacy was next to nonexistent. Most families lived in a 20-by-20-foot room separated from the next "apartment" by wood partitions that did not reach the ceiling. Shortages of food and deplorable sanitation were common. Overcrowding, uncertainty, and stress created tension in the "assembly centers," even as the demoralized camp inmates tried to improve living conditions.

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Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 50 (ddr-densho-1000-118-50)
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Trip to Pinedale Assembly Center, California; heat and dehydration

During this interview, Mrs. Kurosu alternately speaks in both English and Japanese. As a result, the English translation of the transcript contains [Jpn.] and [Eng.], which indicate whether the original dialogue was spoken in Japanese or English.

Rae Takekawa Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-89-20)
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Organized activities for youth at Pinedale Assembly Center, California
Rae Takekawa Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-89-21)
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"An aimless type of existence": Pinedale Assembly Center
George Morihiro Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-182-18)
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Life in Puyallup Assembly Center: talking with the guards, being warned away from the fence
George Morihiro Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-182-16)
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Entering Puyallup Assembly Center: "the day you walked through that gate, you know you lost something"
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-139-28)
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Life in the North Portland Assembly Center, Oregon: cramped living quarters, working for the camp newsletter
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-139-27)
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Early memories of life in assembly center: "You're in a daze for a while until you get your bearings"
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-143-20)
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First impressions of Puyallup Assembly Center; resourcefulness of the camp inmates
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-143-22)
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Life at the Puyallup Assembly Center: poor food, playing cards, and wondering about the future
Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-170-30)
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The train ride to Pinedale Assembly Center: "we were being treated as enemies"
Ben Takeshita Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-467-5)
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Memories of the day of mass removal and first impressions of the Tanforan Assembly Center
Mitsu Fukui Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-140-22)
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Feelings about dealing with hardships in the assembly center: "I thought that was really cruel. Being a citizen and to be put into a place like that."
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