Claire Mix was recently interviewed by Edward Yoshida for an article on the Discover Nikkei website. The article was published today and can be read for free online at

Screen shot 2011-07-26 at 3.14.22 PMYes, there were Caucasians who visited the Gila River concentration camp in Arizona during World War II. Eleanor Roosevelt was one such visitor because our government thought its white barracks made it “the most attractive camp” of all the camps. And yet, although the truly noteworthy Caucasians who frequented Gila River were not of such import, they were in fact immensely more important than the First Lady. Too often these individuals are not only regrettably forgotten, but also are virtually nonexistent when recounting the tragic incarceration of Japanese Americans in this country over half a century more -