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Return to Heart Mountain

Japanese-Americans interned during World War II tell their stories

Kathy Saito Yuille, 68

— Photo by Kevin Miyazaki

Kathy Saito Yuille, 68

How old were you when you arrived at the camp?
I was born in the camp.

How long were you there?

I was there for 2 years.

What is your strongest memory from the camp?

I was too young to have memories.

What did you do after you were released from the camp?

My parents returned to San Francisco.


How do you feel about Heart Mountain and that time in your life?

My parents hardly ever spoke of their experience at Heart Mountain as I was growing up. They chose to look forward instead of looking back. Perhaps it was too painful and there was no point in talking about it if it didn't help them improve their situation after the war. It was actually my daughter when she was in middle school who started prodding me about the incarceration experience as it related to my parents and children. She wanted to learn more.

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