•1945 / business license
"My Mom & Pop faced resistance from local officials when they tried to re-open the store after we came back from Camp...the Federal Government had to intervene." [ben sakoguchi]
Ben Sakoguchi "Postcards from Camp" acrylic on canvas 1999 - 2001 (George, Mary, Helen)
Excerpt from an Interview with George Sakoguchi in 1976:
"We couldn't even get a business license, so we wrote back to the directors of the W.R.A. and told them they wouldn't give us a business license.
They wrote to the County, or somebody, and said that we were an established business before the war, so they finally gave us a license.
Naturally, I wasn't an American, but my wife was a citizen, so that's the only reason we got a license. Otherwise, I wouldn't have gotten the license, because I was born in Japan, classified as an Alien."