A SUCCESSFUL TRIP TO DENVER FOR THE DOCUMENTARY AT THE JAPANESE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES CONFERENCE!!!

I met and spoke long with Norm Mineta, and George Takei and Brad Altman… see the pic, don’t i look like I’m in heaven!!

I met and interviewed MANY former Gila internees. What’s funny is many already knew who I was, and about the documentary. The word is definitely getting out, and donations coming in.

We cried and laughed together. One group from Manzinar Camp adopted me as part of their family, it was unbelievable! Some wept as they watched the demo of Mom’s interviews. One woman hugged me so tight, and said “arigato” over, and over – it means “thank you”. ありがとうございました

A big article about Mom and Gila was just printed in the Los Angeles paper The Pacific Citizen. It is posted here.

A HUGE thank you to the Gila River Reunion Committee: Hy Shishino, and Ben Tanooka, for helping me get there!!! And to my assistants Joanie Chew and Michael Tann.

Claire