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Title: Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview
Narrator: Hiroshi Kashiwagi
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Date: July 3, 2004
Densho ID: denshovh-khiroshi-02-0027

HK: Oh, that was about camp, but more about the moral breakdown of the Japanese in camp, where they thought nothing of stealing pork, bringing back pork, if they worked in the hog farm, or when the coals were delivered, you'd go out and you get the best coals for yourself, and not sharing, and all these underhanded things that happened. And bribery, you bribe everyone to, to get a service. And it was called Laughter and False Teeth, and it's based on my mother's travail about her teeth, dentists and the teeth, and how she tries to get a false plate made, and then people bribe the dentist, so that he would treat them. And, and my mother, or the mother character doesn't realize what's needed, so she doesn't have her false plate. And things like that, it was a comedy, but very serious. [Laughs]


HK: Yeah, it was an experimental play. It was a series of plays by people in the playwriting class, so that it was taken as an experiment, and a work-in-progress. And they really liked our play; people liked it because it was different and had Asians in it playing Asian parts, and it wasn't as political as it turned to be. It became more and more political as I rewrote it through time.

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