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University of Hawai‘i Center for Oral History: Captive on the U.S. Mainland: Oral Histories of Hawai‘i-born Nisei

Lily Hatanaka

Lily Hatanaka

“Their [i.e., Japanese Americans whose families lived on the West Coast] experience is not mine, you know. I had family that was safe, I had a home to go back to when this was all over. But for many of them, their land was stolen, all their equipment. . . . It took them thirty years to build a farm, to buy those expensive. . . . You know, $30,000 in the depression years to buy one of those combines? It took so much out of them. And then in one fell swoop, it’s all gone. Their money is frozen—it’s just a terrible experience, just terrible.” —Lily Hatanaka

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