By Chisato Iversen
June 15, 2016 (La Mesa)-- Grace Kaminaka Tsuida, a student at Grossmont High School’s class of 1944, is a survivor of a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. As part of an AP class project at Grossmont High School , students documented the experiences of Grossmont students who were interned. Their stories are documented in Japanese American AP US American Reports and can be seen in a special exhibit at the La Mesa Historical Society during June.
Grace Kaminaka Tsuida was born Sept. 9,1926 in Lemon Grove. She made friends easily, like other children, until after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when the U.S. government sent her family and others to an internment camp. After their release, they were given an apology from the government, though it failed to acknowledge the humiliation and confusion they experience. Now, 67 years later, Grace’s niece, Judy Miyamoto, helped arrange for Grace to finally receive her Grossmont High School Diploma.
Now 90 years old, Grace granted an exclusive interview with East County Magazine. Please read her compelling story.