Takeharu Inouye Diary

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Takeharu Inouye Collection

Takeharu Inouye's first diary documents his family's forced move to the Sacramento Assembly Center, followed by their move to the Tule Lake concentration camp. Since his mother, Miyoe Inouye, was a teacher, thirteen-year-old Takeharu's diary focuses on his classes in the Japanese and American schools at Tule Lake. His struggles with his schoolwork, as well as his persistent headaches most likely caused by his need for glasses, led to his poor performance as a student and his fear of dishonoring his family.

Takeharu recounts his experiences of exhaustion and sickness as a field worker, until the injuries of laborers led to the Tule Lake strike and the subsequent escalation of military presence. The laborers' demands for workers' insurance and higher wages led to the termination of their employment, and Takeharu was once again required to be a full time student. Takeharu noted that even though some of his friends' families were relocated to other camps, the Inouye family would be staying at Tule Lake, now designated for Japanese Americans with "disloyal" sentiments.





Courtesy of the Takeharu Inouye Collection, Densho