Block Island Times

One family’s story of the Japanese internment camps during WWII

Ken Nomiyama does not remember living in a Japanese internment camp during the 1940s. He was born in one in 1942, and his family left the camp in Tule Lake, California in 1946.
He and his parents returned to their home in Alameda, California, where they were living before the war. Nomiyama’s father, born in America in 1910, was a laborer, and his mother, born in 1917, also in America, was a housewife. Nomiyama’s grandparents were the first generation to live in America. His parents were second generation (“nisei”) and he is third generation (“sansei”).

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