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Carl MYDANS, Young man playing guitar in the stockade, Tule Lake Internment Camp, Newell, California, 1944

What it feels like to be a prisoner is shown in expression of this young Japanese “pressure boy,” in stockade. He was singing Home on the Range when Mydans entered the stockade barracks. Reports Mydans: “He sang it like an American. there was no Japanese accent. He looked at me the same way I guess I looked at a Japanese official when he came to check on me at Camp Santo Tomas in Manila. At the back of my mind was the thought, ‘Come on, get over and get out. Leave me alone.’ This boy felt the same way. He was just waiting, killing time.”
Caption published in Life, March 20, 1944 issue.

Carl MYDANS, Young man playing guitar in the stockade, Tule Lake Internment Camp, Newell, California, 1944

What it feels like to be a prisoner is shown in expression of this young Japanese “pressure boy,” in stockade. He was singing Home on the Range when Mydans entered the stockade barracks. Reports Mydans: “He sang it like an American. there was no Japanese accent. He looked at me the same way I guess I looked at a Japanese official when he came to check on me at Camp Santo Tomas in Manila. At the back of my mind was the thought, ‘Come on, get over and get out. Leave me alone.’ This boy felt the same way. He was just waiting, killing time.”

Caption published in Life, March 20, 1944 issue.

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