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Sam Hynes: Japanese Americans
"They don't look like enemies in their American clothes waiting to be sent off into the desert."
Interview outtakes from THE WAR:
"I don't have a lot of memories of that time, but one memory is very clear and strong. It's a rainy, foggy day in Seattle, every day was a rainy, foggy day that spring. It's a Saturday and I'm taking a bus into the center of town and across the public square in front of the town hall I guess it is. And I see ahead of me a line of people standing patiently in a, by a bus stop. And as I approach, they begin to move forward. And I see that they're all Japanese. And that they're getting onto buses. And I realize that these are the Japanese-American citizens of Seattle and the neighborhood who are being sent off to what amounted to a concentration camp. And I think, well, those are my enemies. But they don't look like enemies standing there in their American clothes with their cardboard suitcases waiting to be sent off into the desert. "