An Interview With: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
‘May it serve as a constant reminder of our past so that Americans in the future will never again be denied their constitutional rights,’ reads the inscription at the Poston Relocation Center.
In February 4, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order sending nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, critically acclaimed author of ‘Farewell to Manzanar,’ was seven years old when she and her family were taken from their home to the Manzanar Relocation Center. Houston’s father was falsely accused of supplying oil to Japanese submarines, and she and her family spent three years at Manzanar living with inadequate supplies in cracked, tar-papered barracks surrounded by barbed wire.
‘My oldest sister and her husband were shoved into one of those 16-by-20-foot compartments with six people they had never seen before