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Title: Mutsu Homma Interview
Narrator: Mutsu Homma
Interviewers: Dee Goto (primary), Becky Fukuda (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: August 27, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-hmutsu-01-0035

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DG: Is there anything else about Santa Anita that you want to tell us before we talk about Amache?

MH: Just a lot of things. Those things happen at the eating, very much. And then even I had diapers for my son. Now after he could train, diaper have to pass to other people.

DG: Oh.

MH: They couldn't buy the diapers.

DG: How did you wash the diapers?

MH: By hand. Washing with cold water.

DG: Did you have to go to another place to do the washing, or were you able to do it in your own room?

MH: Not the own room. Little wash place, but so many people so all over they are washing.

DG: Uh-huh. Were there a lot of other children, too?

MH: Yes.

DG: Little ones?

MH: Uh-huh. Quite a few.

DG: And then you said they started school there.

MH: Uh-huh. There is a school because the Japanese people have lots of teachers. See, that time woman goes to the school. What you want to learn? They said all schoolteacher that time. So a lot of schoolteachers. School comes first.

DG: So did they also have Japanese school?

MH: Uh-uh.

DG: Not at that time.

MH: That, I guess for government, they don't like to have a Japanese.

DG: Right. I would imagine not.

MH: Because we are talking Japanese. They can't understand what that mean so they ask us not to talk Japanese.

DG: Who asked you that?

MH: Those workers.

DG: So how long did you stay at Santa Anita?

MH: I forgot. Six months, seven month, not too long.

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