Storytelling

EXTRA **** Impressions of a Visit to Topaz

The Apple Seed
  • May 29, 2020 11:17 pm
  • 6:42

In honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander month, it's impossible not to talk about some of the difficult chapters -- and there have been many. One, certainly, is the story of the Internment of people of Japanese descent during World War II. The government and the US Army, citing “military necessity,” removed 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry from their homes on the West Coast and forced them into ten remote camps controlled by the War Relocation Administration (WRA). None of those in the camps were ever convicted or even charged with any crime, yet were confined, some up to four years, in camps surrounded by barbed wire with armed guards We talked with two high school teachers, Reba Vest and Sarah Nielsen, about a visit they made with their students to the remote site of Topaz, one of the internment camps, near the Utah city of Delta. On today's Apple Seed Extra, we bring you some of their impressions of the visit.