Densho Digital Archive
Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Dorothy Kuwaye Interview
Narrator: Dorothy Kuwaye
Interviewer: Richard Potashin
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: May 13, 2010
Densho ID: denshovh-kdorothy-01-0015

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RP: How do you, you know, in talking about your experiences, your camp experience, how do you look, how do you see them now, looking back sixty some years?

DK: Just as a very traumatic experience. And, there was some good times, too. After I had made a couple of friends, then it was more comfortable. But just going into a, like going into the latrine and there were no shower curtains or anything. It was just, I wasn't used to all that public display. So that, that really bothered me until I got used to it.

Off Camera: It bothered all of us.

DK: Yeah, yeah, 'course, yeah.

RP: The barbed wire and the guard towers? Did that have any sort of psychological impact on you as well?

DK: Yeah, I didn't really, I knew they were there, but I didn't, it didn't bother me because I didn't go near them. I guess I was just, just knowing that they were there just...

RP: Have you had an opportunity to share your story with school groups or any organizations?

DK: No, uh-uh. No, no.

RP: Camp-wise. The redress came about in 19', I think it was in 1988.

Off Camera: '88.

RP: It was an apology letter and...

DK: Oh, I kept the apology letter and I used the redress money to take my son and his wife and my husband to Alaska, on an Alaska cruise. So we did that.

RP: Do you have any feelings about the apology letter?

DK: No. I'm, I was glad to have received it, but it doesn't mean that much to me. I mean, it's nothing real personal. But I'll keep it. [Laughs]

RP: A historical document.

DK: Yeah.

RP: Uh-huh, uh-huh. Do you have any further questions? Dorothy, if you have any other stories or memories you would like to share...

DK: Okay, I'm sorry I don't have more to tell you, but I just can't remember so much of it, so. Okay?

RP: Thank you very much on behalf of ourselves and the National Park Service --

DK: Well thank you for...

RP: -- we appreciate you sharing your story.

DK: Yeah, thank you for sharing all this.

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