Densho Digital Archive
Frank Abe Collection
Title: Yosh Kuromiya Interview
Narrator: Yosh Kuromiya
Interviewers: Frank Abe (primary); Frank Chin (secondary)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: August 15 & 16, 1993
Densho ID: denshovh-kyosh-01-0005

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FA: In brief, Yosh, why did you resist?

YK: I didn't feel there was really a choice. That as an American citizen, that we all had an obligation, a responsibility, to publicize or to raise the issue of the incarceration, the evacuation at whatever opportunity we had. This certainly presented an opportunity, one that if we were to overlook it at this point, and we virtually accept the evacuation as a normal condition.

FA: Why, why protest? Why resist in that way that puts you at risk of going to prison or being shot, or going to prison for fifty years?

YK: Somebody had to say somethin'.

FC: You were willing. You were willing to go to jail for fifty years.

YK: Or whatever... we didn't expect fifty years, but that wasn't outside the realm of possibility, or to be even shot, for that matter.

FA: "Somebody had to do it."

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