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Title: Fred Korematsu - Kathryn Korematsu Interview
Narrators: Fred Korematsu, Kathryn Korematsu
Interviewers: Lorraine Bannai (primary); Tetsuden Kashima (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: May 14, 1996
Densho ID: denshovh-kfred_g-01-0021

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TK: How has life been since 1984 to the present for you?

KK: Well, yes, it's been, It's been a lot different. We've been invited to many law schools, some of the Ivy League ones, and Midwest, and of course, we've gone to all the local schools, Cal many, many times, Cal Berkeley many, many times. San Francisco State, Stanford many times. And it's always interesting, especially when we can meet the students. We like that, and I remember last fall, we went to Western Massachusetts to Amherst and Smith colleges on the same trip and met a number of Japanese, Asian American students, but some of 'em are Japanese Americans. And I remember telling someone when we got back how we have such hope for the future because of these students.

TK: If you're talking to your great-grandchildren, or great-great-grandchildren...

KK: That will never happen. [Laughs]

TK: Well, but you have a lot of, as we know today, all the students who went to law school, when they consider what you two have done, what Fred has done is fantastic. What kind of message would you like to give to them?

KK: Well, I would like to tell them to, you know... get an education primarily. Learn as much as you can about the, your past, the past history of Japanese Americans in the United States, especially the internment. [Pauses] To always guard, be on guard, to protect their rights, to stand up for their rights. [Becomes emotional] Sorry. That one person can make a difference, even if it takes forty years.

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