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Title TREK
Subject Internment of Japanese Americans, 1942-1945; Japanese American Evacuation and Relocation, 1942-1945
Description Newspaper published by the internees at Topaz Japanese Internment Camp.
Date 1943-02
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Digitization Specifications Scanned and OCR'd by a colleague of Jane Beckwith. University of Utah received JPEG images approximately 700x900 pixels with associated text files.
Source Original journal: TREK
Contributing Institution Topaz Museum, PO Box 241, Delta, Utah 84624
Language eng
Rights Management Digital version, copyright 2004 Topaz Museum. All rights reserved.
Metadata Cataloger Kenning Arlitsch
ARK ark:/87278/s6vh5mtj
Setname tc_tm
Date Created 2004-09-03
Date Modified 2004-09-03
ID 341494
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5mtj

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Description ey. "Come at once," he wrote. "Don't delay." The neighbors rushed excitedly to the house. "Don't go! Live among us," they cried. "There will be war between America and Japan. You will be caught in mid-Pacific. You will never reach America." But I was determined. They painted the lonely lives of immigrants in a , strange land. They cried on my shoulders and embraced me. "I have bought my ticket and my things are packed. I am going," I said. For thirty days and nights the village people invited me to their houses, and I was dined and feted. It was hard not to change my mind and put off the trip. They came to see me off at the station. They waved their hands cheerfully though their eyes were sad. But my spirits were not dampened. I was looking ahead, thinking of your grandpa and San Francisco. I;Iy brother went with me to Kobe, and not until the boat was pulling away from the pier did I feel a pain in my breast. Yes, I cried. The first night I could not sleep, I kept hearing my friends' words: "Hurry back. We will be waiting. Remember us.,,.Best of health to you." The boat began to toss and we could not go up on deck. I grew seasick. What kind of a boat? Tiny, though at that time we thought it was big. The liners of today are three and four times as large,.,. Yes, your grandma is old. She is of the first generation. You children are of the third.... The sea was rough and I was sick al- •, ,most all the way. There were others in the room just as ill. I couldn't touch the food. I began to have crazy thoughts. Why was I going to America? Why had I been foolish enough to leave my village? ; For days I could not lift my head. Turn ; back? Did the ship turn back for me? No, ' child, A steamer never turns back for an individual. Not for death or birth or storm. No more does life. Now your grandma is old. She will die some day just like your grandpa. Yes, .child, I know, you love me. But when I :pass away and the days roll by, you will find that life goes on. How do I know? Just this morning Annabelle lost a quarter somewhere on the street. Her mama told her not to hold it in her hands but put it in her purse. No, she wanted her way and lost it. That is experience, child. That is how I know. I lost grandpa. I lost my boy. I lost my mother and father. Long ago I lost my friends in Japan....Here, I am rambling.... When the boat finally passed the Golden Gate, I had my first glimpse of San Francisco. I was on deck for .hours, waiting for the golden city of dreams. I stood there with the other immigrants, chatting nervously and excitedly, First we saw only a thin shoreline. "America; America I We're in America!" someone cried. Others took up the cry, and presently the deck was full of eager faces. Finally we began to sco the dirty brown hills and the houses that jutted out of the ground. This was different from what I had dreamed^, and I was speechless. I had expected to see the green hills of Japan and the low sloping houses duplicated here. No, child, it wasn't disappointment exactly, but I had a lump in 14
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Resource Identifier 016_pg14.jpg
Source Original journal: TREK
Setname tc_tm
Date Created 2004-09-03
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 341461
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5mtj/341461