Japanese Internment Camps
April 23, 1942
Dear Miss Breed,
I hope you will forgive me for not saying goodbye, and for not writing you sooner.
How is San Diego?
I find "camping life" very nice. We are all given a button which has a one, a two, or a three on it so that we may have our meals at certain hours. I having a one, eat breakfast from 6:30 to 7:00, lunch at 11:30 to 12:00, and dinner at 4:30 to 5:00. The food is simple, but delicious and wholesome. I did not have to cook or wash the dishes as there are many cooks and waiters in the cafeteria. I love cooking, but thank heavens I do not have to do the dishes! Since I have a two and a half months brother, I wash daily, and sweep out my barrack. About three times a week I iron the family’s clothes. There is really not much I may do in the afternoon, but get my exercise playing dodge ball, catch or softball. Once in a while, I type manuscripts for my friends, or write letters. I retire every night between 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. All lights should be out by 10:00 in each barrack.
I went over Louise Ogawa’s barrack and saw the two very interesting books you sent her. I certainly love books and miss going to the library every week; so I decided to write you a letter.
Florence is going to school daily from 2:00 to 4:00 and enjoys it very much. She tells me she misses going to the library and asked if I would write to you. She acquired her highest grades in reading, and she truly enjoys it.
I especially enjoy Dodd, Mead Career Books and would very much like to have any of the following books:
1. Shirley Clayton: Secretary by Blance L. Gibbs and Georgiana Adams
2. Judy Grant: Editor by Dixie Wilson
3. Marian-Martha by Lucile F. Fargo
4. Press Box by Robert F. Kelley.
If you happen to have any discarded books, Florence and I would certainly appreciate them.
Please keep up the good work in teaching children to read books for that is the pathway to happiness!
I am enclosing dolls that Florence made in school and some stamps.
Florence and Margaret Ishino
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Primary Source Annotation
This is a letter written by a man who was put into a Internment camp. This letter describes the daily life of the people who were interned very well. He describes when he is allowed to eat and also how much his child is enjoying going to school and how good her grades are. This letter also shows that the people in the camps were allowed to have contact with people in the outside world.