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Akio Konoshima oral history interview, part 2 of 4, July 21, 2009
Konoshima discusses the reasons for attending University of Wisconsin after the camps and his sister also attending. Next, he speaks about the effects of being born in Japan and not having the same rights that even Japanese Americans had, such as joining the army. After this, he goes back to the Pearl Harbor attacks and the effect that it had on he and his family. As his family leased a farm, they had to figure out what to do with it once the Executive Order 9066 came around. They would pack up their things and begin their time at Santa Anita race track, living in a horse stable. Shortly after that, they would be moved to Wyoming, to the Heart Mountain concentration camps. They would be assigned to a barrack and be kept inside the barbed wire fencing with nothing to do except work and watch friends get drafted into the Army, and in some cases killed in the war.
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Konoshima, Akio: narrator et al., “Akio Konoshima oral history interview, part 2 of 4, July 21, 2009,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 25, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1055618.