Sara Jean Green of the Seattle Times reports that yesterday dozens stood at a new wall in Seattle's Chinatown International District memorializing people interned during the war along with those of Japanese ancestry who left the camps to serve in the U.S. military, including the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
'Susan Shinoda was in high school when she first learned that more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry — two-thirds of them American born — were shipped off to internment camps as war hysteria mounted in the months following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941,' Green writes.
'Three generations of Shinoda's own family, including her father, spent several years during World War II at the Minidoka camp in Idaho. Among them was her grandfather, Michio Shinoda, who volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Service.'
"It's odd. They don't really talk about it. My family rarely talks about going to camp," said Shinoda, a 34-year-old software program manager who was born in Seattle and grew up in North Bend. "I can't imagine doing that: Your family is in camp and you're fighting for your country that's incarcerated the rest of your family."