Robert Ohashi - Internment of Japanese Americans in the Inland Northwest
Robert Ohashi recalls what it was like going to the Minidoka Internment Camp in Jerome, Idaho during WWII. From Ohashi's story, gain a deeper understanding of the daily realities and challenges Japanese Amercians faced in U.S. internment camps.
At the Minidoka Interment Camp where Robert Ohashi’s family was sent, each person was allowed to have one suitcase full of personal items. If you had to fit your possessions in one suitcase to live on for a year, what items would you include? Why?
Why do you think Ohashi’s parents never talked about their days in the internment camp? If you were in their shoes, would you also choose not to speak about that experience?
How would you have dealt with the lack of privacy that the Ohashi’s family faced inside the internment camp?
Do you believe Ohashi when he says that his time at Minidoka was a “grand adventure” and that he didn’t feel “deprived”? Why or why not?
Why is it important to listen to a personal story like Robert Ohashi’s in your study of WWII?