Archives in Context: Teachable Topics from the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project

Loyalties: Activity 4

Look at these intake photographs of Toshio Kuratomi and Mitsuho Kumra as they were transferred to Tule Lake from other WRA Camps. An information card indicates that Kuratomi came originally from San Diego via the Jerome, Arkansas, WRA Camp, and that he was 28 years old. What do you see in these photographs and can you make any inferences about loyalty? What do they tell you about the process of being checked in to the Tule Lake Camp in 1943? How might experiencing this process change your understanding of your relationship with the U.S. government? 

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