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Title: Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview
Narrator: Mae Kanazawa Hara
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: July 15, 2004
Densho ID: denshovh-hmae-01-0025

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AI: Well, you've shared so much information and so many of your memories. I really appreciate it, and I'm wondering, is there anything else that you wanted to comment on?

MH: Oh, goodness. I'm trying to think what I haven't covered. [Laughs] Well, I think in retrospect, I feel that as tragic as the World War II incarceration was, I think in the long run I feel it was a blessing in disguise. I get thrilled, I pick up a magazine or something, I read about a Nisei doing outstanding work in this field or that. I opened up a couple of those corporation reviews just out of curiosity, and to see a Nisei name as a member of the board, I mean, things like that, or outstanding scientist in some particular phase. I wish I could recall all that, but it's just a thrill. I... and they're not all from one area. They're from all over (...), and most unexpected places in the United States that they've all scattered to. And I think the impact of being dispersed like we were, we were forced to be dispersed, has in reality been a... and, of course, the Sansei story is another chapter that I haven't been able to keep up and know very little about. But it's a thrilling, thrilling story. I tell my Sansei group that, "Oh, the world is your oyster. Go at it." Because when we went to college, we couldn't do this, we couldn't do that, we couldn't go into the school of this or school of that. We were limited. I think about the only field was school of art and school of business. Absolutely school of nursing was closed, and, you know, I mean, we were restricted. And I says, "You have no restriction of any kind." I says, "Sky's the limit. Go at it." [Laughs] I think it's quite a, a story.

AI: Well, thanks again very much for --

MH: Oh, you're welcome. [Laughs]

AI: -- your interview.

MH: I'm sure it wasn't very well-organized.

AI: It was, it is quite wonderful to have this information.

MH: I thought this would be much better than to read something. [Laughs]

AI: Well, thank you very much.

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