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Title: Mary Kageyama Nomura Interview
Narrator: Mary Kageyama Nomura
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Torrance, California
Date: July 9, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-nmary-02-0020

TI: Were you ever asked to sing outside?

MN: In that acapella group learned a song called, it was the musical called Ballad for (Americans). It was a beautiful song, and they wanted to take that to other camps and take it out to different places to see that this is the kind of song that the kids in camp are singing. It's all about America, it's the history of America from King George in England and to the machine age or whatever. But it was a wonderful song, and they wanted to introduce it to all the other camps. But they could never get the permission. But we did have the outlying Caucasians come into the camp to listen to the program that we did sing for them, the Caucasian people in Bishop and Lone Pine and Ridgecrest, they all came into this program that we all sang.

TI: And where would they, is this the auditorium?

MN: It was... the auditorium was not built yet. Maybe it was built already. It could have been in the auditorium. No, no, it was not in the auditorium, it was in a big mess hall. I remember now, it was in a mess hall.

TI: And what would be the occasion that the local people would come into camp?

MN: I guess it was just by advertisement or whatever, word of mouth or whatever. They said this program was going to be on and so they came in and listened.

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