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Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Mary Nomura Interview
Narrator: Mary Nomura
Interviewer: John Allen
Date: November 7, 2002
Densho ID: denshovh-nmary-01-0014

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JA: What... do you recall that there was a fairly active movement years later to try to get some redress from the government and an apology from the President, which eventually came?

MN: Uh-huh, uh-huh.

JA: Can you tell me anything about that process?

MN: I was not part of that. My niece was very much a part of that, my husband's sister's daughter. And she went to Washington, D.C., and she was the NCRR, NCRR? Whatever it's called. Anyhow, she was very, very into that and helped start that movement. And I think, to this day, she's still into that with Sue Embrey and all. And her mother was very active in that line. My husband was not. He was more laid back, but he wanted to prolong the memory of what happened to this, this stage, and so he got involved with the museum in Eastern California, but for the redress and all that, I was not active in all that.

JA: What do you think that did, though, for the community?

MN: If it wasn't for that, I don't think it would have happened. If it wasn't for their push and their dedication, it wouldn't have happened. It wouldn't have happened. No one was going to come out and say, "Hey, we did this wrong thing. We should do this." Someone had to push them to it.

JA: And how do you think that affected the community of people who had been in camp? That there was redress and an apology?

MN: I haven't heard of too many people saying negative. They all wholeheartedly accepted that, and there are some people who said it was not enough, but I always felt, and my husband always felt, little is better than nothing. And we were very... not receptive, but appreciative of what this group had done for the rest of us.

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