The Kannos made the two-week journey by sea on the Taiheiyo Maru. Maki told her interviewer that her husband "was very sweet. Because she was afraid of being seasick, he chose a big ship and paid second-class fare for her."
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Escalating tensions led to a camp guard shooting two men in July, 1942, during the time when Shuji Kanno (as well as Charles Furuta and Gunjiro Tashima, both of Wintersburg Village) would have been at Lordsburg.
John Fukushima and Masayaki Tashima, a Wintersburg resident on work furlough from Poston, thinning beets in Milliken, Colorado, circa November 1942. (Photo, University of California - Berkeley, Bancroft Library)
"...they understood our position because they were in Colorado during World War I, you see," explained George. "The Germans were treated pretty rough during that war, and they were real understanding of our predicament, and we got along fine. They had four churches in Fort Morgan that conducted services in the German language. They conducted services in German, and also in English for the younger generation who was raised there. (laughter) So in several respects, they were similar to the Japanese. Certain things fit, you see, so they were better able to understand our position."
James Kanno, first mayor of Fountain Valley and first Japanese American mayor in the mainland United States.
Kanno graduated from the high school in Poston--although hospitalized for a year with "valley fever"--and then was allowed to go to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When the family returned to Orange County, James attended Santa Ana College and then UCLA, while helping with the family's farm in Talbert.
Interviewed in 1971 for the CSUF Oral History Program Japanese American Project, James Kanno described his reaction when asked about the family's incarceration.
"...my idea was that there were many people on the outside that realized that the evacuation was wrong, and because of the war and hysteria, through economic pressures and some other things, this evacuation came about," commented Kanno. "But a good example was The (Orange County) Register, the newspaper in Santa Ana. Editorially the owner, Mr. R. C. Hoiles, indicated that this evacuation was wrong."*
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