Densho Digital Archive
Emiko and Chizuko Omori Collection
Title: Harry Ueno Interview
Narrator: Harry Ueno
Interviewer: Emiko Omori
Location: San Mateo, California
Date: February 18, 1994
Densho ID: denshovh-uharry-01-0036

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EO: There was a lot of political activity going on at Tule Lake. Didn't, didn't you feel you wanted to get involved again?

HU: No, I just stay out, though. You know what I did? In front of my place, all the doctors people live in the barracks, they don't do much gardening. Let the driver bring manure, you know. They want [inaudible], they dry out in the little pond there. Then they peel off those dry, those sewer stuff, they don't have no smell or nothing, but they got lots of fertilizer in there. So I dig it out, all the front and raise lots of flowers and vegetables, give to the people. People go to pass by then they go to the canteen, they see all the flowers, sunflowers and all different things. They look happy. [Laughs] That's what I did. I kept myself, keep on working, I'm so far lucky I had good health, so I keep on working. I let my workers take two day off and work in the days.

EO: So, your parents survived. Did your parents survive?

HU: No, my father and my brother died in wartime. My mother passed away in 1948, after I started communicating and sending a few stuff, and about a year later she died with cancer. So I have my family, none of them is living now. I'm all alone.

EO: But did your father -- how did your father and brother die? Was it by the bomb?

HU: No, sickness. Yeah.


EO: In reading your wife's diary here -- her diary.

HU: Yes, uh-huh.

EO: When registration happens for her in Manzanar, she wasn't able to talk to you about it, was she?

HU: No... no. We very seldom communicated. I tried to write often as I can, but I guess that all those complicated things she can't understand too well, I guess. You know, registration. And I told them, "We're going back to Japan." So that's what she registered, I guess.

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