Yae Aihara was born in Tacoma, Washington and raised in Seattle. On the December 7, 1941, the FBI took her father away. Three months later, they were incarcerated at Minidoka, Idaho. In September of 1943, there was a prisoner of war exchange. Yae went with her mother and two brothers to Ellis Island, New York, where they were reunited with their father for the first time. Her father’s status was “prisoner of war” so he could not go back to Minidoka with the family. They were advised to go to Crystal City, Texas and remained there until the end of the war. Yae was married in 1948, raised three sons and a daughter. She started a cosmetics business and was an esthetician for twenty-five years. Yae is now a docent at the Japanese American National Museum, conducts a weekly exercise class at the Japanese Retirement Home, and leads twice-weekly exercise classes at Maryknoll.
Saturday, July 5
Enemy Alien Internment: Human/Civil Rights, the WWII Crystal City Camp, and Contemporary America
Karen Ebel, President, German American Internee Coalition
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Capitol 2 & 3, 4th Floor
Topic: Different Views on the Incarceration