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Title: Jimi Yamaichi Interview
Narrator: Jimi Yamaichi
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Date: July 4, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-yjimi-01-0010

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JY: And then your question saying, did I answer, 'yes-yes' or 'no-no'. Before I went to Grand Junction -- wait, after that, it was '43, right. So I answered 'yes-yes', because I want to go to school again. I didn't tell my dad I want to go to school so I signed up and I was registered to go to Miami University in Ohio, and they accepted me and everything else. So I said, "Well, I'll go to Grand Junction, pick peaches, and then I'll come back and I'll take off to go to Ohio." So I came back in, let's see, about mid-August. They wanted me to stay and pick pears but, "No," I said. "I want to go back." So we got back about mid-August, and I told my dad well, I'm going to go to Ohio -- I mean go to the state of Ohio, Miami University. He says, "No, no, no, no, no. We're going to go to Tule Lake." What can I do? I had no money. Everything you make you give to your parents, right. I didn't have a dime on me. Without no money, I didn't know where I could borrow any. I can't borrow, beg, or steal. So I says, "Okay. I guess we have to go to Tule Lake." That's how I came to Tule Lake. I came as a 'yes-yes' boy.

AI: So you had actually said 'yes-yes', but your father had his own reasons.

JY: No, he didn't answer 'yes-yes' -- I mean, 'no-no'. He answered 'yes-yes' and asked voluntarily to come. So as soon as the war was over, he was out, because he was 'yes-yes'.

AI: Do you know why he wanted to come to Tule Lake?

JY: I don't know. Well, I think selfish reason, I would say maybe. Maybe he didn't want me to go in the army, my brother to go in the army maybe. If I went outside, I probably go into the army, but I don't know. He never said anything about that, but he says, "The family got to stay together, and we are going to go to Tule Lake." So my college went out of the window again. So I came to Tule Lake.

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