Densho Digital Archive
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community Collection
Title: Nobuko Omoto Interview
Narrator: Nobuko Omoto
Interviewer: Joyce Nishimura
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date: October 22, 2006
Densho ID: denshovh-onobuko-01-0011

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JN: What... can you talk more about just what your, why the memorial is so important for, for us to build a memorial?

NO: Well, I haven't, I've been there once and I plan to go again. Being the first evacuees and the first evacuation in America, I think it's a wonderful a memorial. I'd like to see it done while more, while the Niseis are alive, and I think it's very meaningful because history must go on. And I think people will learn a lot from, once the memorial is built. I think they will understand more of all the situation and all that, and I'm all for it.

JN: Do you see any parallels with what's happening now in the world and...

NO: Well, I think there's gonna be a turmoil. We pray for peace but I don't think there'll ever be peace because there's been war going on for centuries and centuries. So, I just... sometime I hate to hear all that news, and see all the suffering, and people are homeless and all that. Even though we went to camp, at least we had a roof over our head and three meals a day. They weren't the best, but at least we weren't starved. So, compared to that, what other people are going through in the world, the killing and all that, the flood and all that, it's something we can't control but it kinda makes me really sad. So I can't, it's not the best, but I can't complain of the past. It will always stay with me, but life must go on.

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