Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp

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Oral History Interview

Life in Camp...

Karen Ishizuka:
Did you guys realize what was happening to you? Were there discussions about what was going to happen to you?

Archie Miyatake:
One of the things that we tried to do as much as we could, was to try to make the best of the situation. It seemed like that was our most important thing to do. Since you're in there already, there's no use in crying about it. The only thing to do is try to make the best of the situation.

Karen Ishizuka:
Looking back on this, what do you think your worst memory was?

Archie Miyatake:
When you're in that kind of a situation, you wonder how long you're gonna have to stand for all this. We just got in--the second day only--and you're thinking, "When are we going to be able to get out of here and go back to normal life." After that I use to stand by the barbed wire fence. There's a highway 395 which a lot of people used to go to Bishop and the High Sierras to go fishing.

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You could see that highway almost within your reach, and yet you couldn't go on there. You just watch the buses and people driving by. And after you stand there for three and a half years, you begin to wonder, "Gee I wonder what it feels to ride on that highway."

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