For the children and grandchildren of the thousands of Japanese Americans held in internment camps, the memories of survivors were rarely even discussed. Many of our characters in For the Sake of the Children are therefore sharing their experiences for the first time. Watch these videos to learn more about how the legacy of the internment has made an impact on their personal stories.

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Diana McCabe

“As a journalist, you always look for what’s special or what makes a story unique. And sometimes I think the everyday story gets lost. Sometimes telling your own family story is probably the hardest story to tell.”

Alan Nishio

“The first reaction of a rape victim is typically, ‘What did I do wrong? Was it my fault?’ And so you hide it, and you act like, well, let me move on in my life and act like this did not happen. After awhile, you find that you can no longer live with that shame and that lie and the positive way it comes out is through righteous anger.”

Mary Higuchi

“I think they wanted to spare us. Everything is for the sake of the children. They don’t want to burden us with all the sad things that went on with their lives… The consequence is there’s an emptiness and part of me I wish I knew.”