Oral History - OH0024, Iku Watanabe, 1:13 (Manzanar food)
(Exclusion and Internment — Manzanar and Minidoka)

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Our first meal was rice, canned spinach, canned wieners, and we had pudding, bread pudding. It wasn't anything good, just so I could, bread, was crushed. And I swore they gave us sage brush that they must have cooked sage brush. And we never ate canned spinach either, we were raised on Bainbridge Island and we had fresh everything. And so we, uh, canned spinach, canned wiener too. We never heard of canned wiener and it was not good and to this day just like recently, I have tasted bread pudding. Everybody says it's so good, so I says, "Well, Iíll try it," and it was good. But what we had wasn't good and no wonder everybody started to gain weight because we had all starches.

About the Narrator
_TIM1399-2 - Iku Amatatsu (back left) 1940

Iku Amatatsu Watanabe was 18 years old on March 30, 1942; the day the Bainbridge Island Japanese were evacuated. She is the youngest of four sisters. Video Interview — August, 2007


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