Densho Digital Archive
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community Collection
Title: Kay Sakai Nakao Interview
Narrator: Kay Sakai Nakao
Interviewer: Debra Grindeland
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date: February 25, 2006
Densho ID: denshovh-nkazuko-01-0010

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DG: Do you remember the "loyalty questionnaire," having any discussion on that?

KN: No, I don't, I don't. I can't even remember if I saw it. Maybe I did, but maybe they had it while we were out, I don't know.

DG: Can you tell me about being pregnant in Minidoka with...

KN: Oh. It is so hot there, and I am not walking or anything too much, just doing my housework, and I could barely move around. And, of course, Bruce got bigger and bigger, and I was, really, I had so many problems, I couldn't even sleep at night, the fan going, I'm tossing here and there, and I couldn't sleep. I was so sick, too. So now -- and I had a hard time with him, so I always remark that I'm glad he turned out well. Otherwise, I would have shot him. [Laughs] It was so hard with him. Well, you know, they say the first one is always hard, long labor and everything, but everything went okay.

DG: And this was in Minidoka, or were you on the ranch?

KN: Out on the ranch.

DG: This was on the ranch?

KN: Yes.

DG: So you had him at the ranch?

DG: No, I came in because winter, no work, so we came in. And so I had him at the Minidoka hospital.

DG: And what was that like? What were the conditions like?

KN: Terrible. In fact, I was screaming and groaning and moaning so loud, the director of nursing, she had a cape on, she came strutting in, and she said, "Shut up," to me, when I was suffering. I thought, "Oh, my gosh." But anyway, we had doctors there, the camp doctors, so at least I lived. [Laughs]

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