Hana Tada leading a group of Japanese Americans in singing "God Bless America" at a service in 1984

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Historical Society of Long Beach Newspaper Photograph Collection

Caption above image reads, "GOD BLESS AMERICA--Hana Tada, 93, (center) leads group of Japanese-Americans in singing 'God Bless America' at a service here 2/19 commemorating the internment of them & 3,600 other Japanese-Americans in camps here during WWII. Tada & her group do not speak English, saying they were too busy making livings as farmers to learn, & sang using phonics. They said it was their duty to their nation to participate in the service, where a plaque designating the internment area here as a state historical landmark. The Japanese-Americans were held in the rodeo grounds here as a security measure, the War Department said." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: hslb_npc_0040



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