Densho Digital Archive
Raechel Donahue and Garrett Lindemann Collection
Title: Ann Fujikawa Interview
Narrator: Ann Fujikawa
Interviewer: Raechel Donahue
Date: 2010
Densho ID: denshovh-fann-01-0001

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RD: Where were you born?

AF: Berkeley, California.


RD: And where did you go to school?

AF: In Berkeley, Longfellow school. I went to Longfellow school in Berkeley.

RD: And what was your life like? Berkeley, wow, that was a pretty hip city then, huh? So what was your life like in Berkeley before you went away?

AF: What was it like?

RD: Well, was it like an American life? Some people lived, like in Penryn they had an all-Japanese community, but you were in Berkeley. You were an average kid?

AF: Yes. I was an average kid. We played out in the street and played Kick the Can and Tag and things like that.

RD: And do you remember when you heard about the war starting?

AF: Yes. I remember when the war started, I was at a movie that day.

RD: Were you scared?

AF: No.

RD: Why weren't you scared?

AF: I guess it just didn't dawn on me what was going on.

RD: And then when did you... how did you find out that you were going to go away?


AF: I don't remember how I learned about being sent to camp.

RD: And do you remember when you were, did you get on a bus or a train?

AF: Oh, we went on a bus. It came to our house, we were picked up. Because my younger siblings, they were sick with, I think it was chicken pox. And so we were, when we went to camp, we were placed in a, placed in quarantine.

RD: Boy, that's double prison.

AF: Yeah, with a rope around our area. We were roped off.

RD: Where did you go first?

AF: We went to Tanforan.

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