Eric Andow

Talks about his parents and how they immigrated to the United States, growing up in the Depression, farming dairy cattle and grapes, the values emphasized by his parents, especially education.  He discusses learning Japanese as a child and Japanese customs and foods, but also the importance of American culture in his upbringing as well.  He talks about attending Livingston High School and relations between Japanese and Caucasian students.  He discusses wanting to become an aeronautical engineer and attending Modesto City College and later Stanford. He talks about Pearl Harbor and the resulting paranoia about attacks and discrimination against Japanese Americans, his thoughts on the evacuation and being sent to the Merced Assembly Center and later Amache.  He discusses the loyalty questionnaire and getting permission to leave camp to work in Cincinnati before being drafted and serving in the 442nd infantry regiment.  Afterward, he talks about returning to Stanford and finishing his education and returning to farming.  He discusses his children and the changes in society that have occurred in regards to Japanese Americans.

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