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The story of Estelle Ishigo, one of the few Caucasians interned with Japanese Americans during World War II. The wife of a Japanese American, Ishigo refused to be separated from her husband and was interned along with him. Based on the personal papers of Estelle Ishigo and her novel Lone Heart Mountain. Written by Jonathan Eng

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Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo  »

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a brief but valuable reminder
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The true story of one of the few Caucasians to suffer "protective arrest" in a Japanese internment camp during World War II is recounted in the words, artwork, and photography of the victim herself: Estelle Ishigo, an Oakland born LA resident who married a Japanese American (in Mexico: interracial marriages were outlawed in California) and, rather than face separation during her husband's wartime internment, submitted herself to the same humiliation. In its brief, thirty minute length the film gives only a slim account of her experience, but while it may not shed any new light on the subject it provides at least another small reminder of a less than glorious episode in American history, one which shouldn't be swept under the carpet and forgotten, as its victims were. Long after the war, the US government settled its moral obligation by reimbursing the Ishigos for the loss of all their worldly possessions and property with a check for $102.50.


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