Henry Gary Shiota oral history interview, part 3 of 6, January 31, 1999


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At Rohwer, the Issei parents help organize a school structure for their children. Part of the school structure is to encourage social activities and clubs. Later learns about the opportunities of leaving camp to attend school outside Rohwer or volunteering for service.

Henry Gary Shiota discusses camp life and joins a club at school. He recalls sponsoring his first dance and not having a high attendance. Eventually, he discovers how to promote his club's events. Gary's club becomes the most successful at Rohwer, AK.

The living quarters in the camp have no privacy because the barracks are shared spaces. Gary learns to have selective hearing. He says selective hearing helps him later in life too. In contrast, Gary says there is a kinship between the Japanese Americans and the African Americans since they both face discrimination.

In 1943, everyone in the camp is given a loyalty questionnaire. Gary explains how the questions are answered and the reasons why. Some of his friends answer no-no and are transfer to Tule Lake. On his graduation day, Gary does not enjoy the festivities because his friends are at Tule Lake.






Shiota, Henry Gary: narrator, Kawata, Ian: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Henry Gary Shiota oral history interview, part 3 of 6, January 31, 1999,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 20, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1058025.