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

Loyalties: Activity 8

Read this letter from Aiko Takaoka, sister of Yoshio Takaoka, requesting news about her brother’s safety and a release from the Tule Lake Stockade (prison before the jail building was built) to the Camp Director, Raymond Best. Aiko points out that her English is not very good, can you find the point in the letter where this becomes evident? What does this tell you about Aiko’s family situation? What information is she providing to help her with her brother’s potential release? What can you learn about Tule Lake camp policies and procedures from this letter? What does Aiko express about loyalty in this letter? Who and what is she loyal to and how does she explain this to Mr. Best?


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