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In this letter, Masaru Teshiba writes to Virginia Lowers, his former English teacher from 1942. He describes his experience of being incarcerated first to the Manzanar incarceration camp and eventually to Tule Lake. The decision to move to Tule Lake was motivated, according to Teshiba, to reunite with his father who had already been brought to Tule Lake. He notes in this letter that the "majority [of people] it seemed were loyal to Japan." He then describes briefly how he became involved in an organization of pro-Japanese young men which eventually lead to him renouncing his American citizenship. Teshiba then explains that his purpose for writing to his former teacher is to request a character reference from her, as his lawyer explained, such a recommendation from a "Caucasian person" would be beneficial in making the case that he should be able to remain in the United States as a citizen. Also included is a short note to the censor requesting that this letter be mailed although it is perhaps too long. 3 pages, handwritten, 1 envelope This collection contains one box of three letters addressed to Virginia B. Lowers. The letter from Thomas A. Reeves details his combat experiences, the letter from W.W. [Escherich] describes events during his trips to Maui, Tientsin China, and Okinawa, and the letter from Masaru Teshiba contains information regarding his experiences as an internee mostly while at Tule Lake Relocation Center.
Identity and values--Family World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation') World War II--Resistance and dissidence--Segregation and Tule Lake World War II--Incarceration camps World War II--Resistance and dissidence--Expatriation/repatriation/deportation
Bismark, North Dakota Incarceration Camps--Manzanar Incarceration Camps--Tule Lake Department of Justice Internment Camps--Fort Lincoln (Bismarck)
CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Archives and Special Collections;