Ellen Kubokawa


image preview


The women above are leaving Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming to come to Eastern Washington.

The camps were cramped, dusty, and ill-equipped for the 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were housed there. One of these camps, Minidoka, was located in southern Idaho, near Twin Falls.

Even while the war was going on, some families and individuals were able to move out of these camps to Eastern Washington. Because it was located in military zone three, Eastern Washington was considered an acceptable area for Japanese to live in.

College-aged Nisei were able to attend schools in the Inland Northwest through sponsorships, the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, and family friends and relatives. Some students were able to attend Gonzaga University and Whitworth College in Spokane and Washington State College in Pullman.


Japanese internment, from coast and camp, world war two, WW2, WWII, oral history


Rights Statement

Rights Statement

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted. URI:
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the rights-holder(s) for educational uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).