Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps

by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald

Paperback, 2005




NewSage Press, (2005)


Mary Matsuda was only 16 years old when her family was ordered to leave their home on Vashon Island. They were sent to California's Tule Lake Internment Camp. Mary Matsuda Gruenewald shares her family's amazing story of survival and determination.

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Mary and her family raised strawberries like many of the other Japanese families on Vashon Island but life came to a crashing halt with Executive Order 9066. As a teen, Mary experienced anger and confusion about being American and Japanese; as an American-born, how could her own country treat her this way? Yet as a Japanese, Americans would never see her as anything but. Despite this scary, frustrating time, her parents’ stoicism and faith that all would work out keep her grounded at the times she needs it most.

The more I read about people's experiences in the internment, the more flabbergasted I am to think our government thought this was a good idea. A powerful witness to maintaining our civil rights!
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