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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Akiko Okuno Interview Segment 20 (ddr-manz-1-133-20)
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First impressions of camp: typhoid inoculation, lack of privacy
Victor Ikeda Interview Segment 30 (ddr-manz-1-23-30)
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First impressions of Puyallup: living under the roller coaster
Victor Ikeda Interview Segment 31 (ddr-manz-1-23-31)
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Passing the time in camp: volunteering for the dishwashing crew
Bob Fuchigami Interview Segment 15 (ddr-manz-1-28-15)
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Adjusting to confinement as a child: contemplating sneaking out of camp
Richard M. Murakami Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-161-5)
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Memories of "evacuation day," arriving at the Marysville Assembly Center, California
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