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Title: Yuri Kochiyama Interview
Narrator: Yuri Kochiyama
Interviewer: Megan Asaka
Location: Oakland, California
Date: July 21, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-kyuri-01-0009

YK: But everybody was -- well, questions twenty-seven and twenty-eight, I think, "Would you be loyal to this country?" And the other one is almost like it: "Would you serve in the United States military in whatever division that you're asked?" or something like that. And that's what I think was the beginning of the, dividing the Japanese people. 'Cause especially the Kibeis would say, no, they would never want to serve this country. The Niseis didn't know what to say, and the parents didn't know what to tell the kids. The parents, of course, would not serve the United States, 'cause U.S. wouldn't even let them become citizens. But over that question, I mean, there were... those who were real gung ho Americans and who... that's not a good way to express, but who felt they should fight for U.S., they really let the camp people know. And those who were totally angry at the U.S., they would let the camp know, "No, we would never serve." And so there were fights among the Japanese after that. And it was, it was hard because that's such a political question, but it's such a personal question. And it was, it could be a very divisive... even among one family, there's different feelings. And even families began to fall apart.

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