CHICAGO, IL (January 24, 2017) – Minoru Imamura, a 91-year-old resident of Covenant Village of Northbrook, says his family’s life was shattered when they were forced to live in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese Americans during WW II.
The segment also highlighted a new book of historic photographs called Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
More than 100,000 Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps in 1942 out of fear that they might be spies or otherwise help the enemy.
Imamura, who was a high school sophomore when his family was relocated from their farm south of Los Angeles, California, recalled filling out a questionnaire so that officials could determine whether he would be allowed to live in the camps or sent to prison.
Ironically, Imamura was drafted into the Army. He served in Europe with the highly decorated 442nd Regiment, which was made up primarily of Japanese Americans.
Like most other Japanese, Imamura’s family was not allowed to reclaim their farm. His family then moved to Chicago. Despite his ordeal, Imamura said he loves America. “There is no country like the USA,” he said.
Covenant Village is operated by Covenant Retirement Communities.