This article was a front page news story in the Clarion (X2013.011.0022), the newspaper of Salem High School. It provides excerpts of a first hand account of one of the 14 Japanese students from Salem High School who were sent to the Tule Lake Japanese Interment Camp at the beginning of WWII. It was published in the Clarion, Monday, September 21, 1942.
Classes are carried on the year around in Newell, Calif., where the Japanese students from Salem, Oregon are now living.
Writes Haruko Tsukamoto, class of ’43, “The year is divided into quarters, and the schedule is very complicated. Vocational students must study nine months and spend the remaining three months in training. However, a college preparatory course is offered. There are many new required subjects down here, which makes it very different from home.
Some of the courses offered are drafting, sewing, flower arranging, knitting, and all types of dancing. ‘Problems of Democracy’ is a required subject. In addition, there are many special interest clubs–to keep us out of mischie!”