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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Agriculture (ddr-hmwf-1-94)
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"Men farming with Heart Mountain behind them"
Mess Crew (ddr-hmwf-1-136)
img Mess Crew (ddr-hmwf-1-136)
"Mess 29-27 crew, April 9, 1944" as described on back, Flash Jim
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1005-1-4)
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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.

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.

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 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 …

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.

Kats Kunitsugu - Paul Tsuneishi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-122-17-4)
vh Kats Kunitsugu - Paul Tsuneishi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-122-17-4)
Description of food in concentration camps

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding …

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 …

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 …
Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-5-10)
vh Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-5-10)
Description of food in camp: "wholesome and adequate," but "awfully boring"
Gene Akutsu Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-1-9)
vh Gene Akutsu Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-1-9)
A teenager's memories of Puyallup Assembly Center: bad food, and games on the 4th of July
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