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Akiko Nakauchi

Akiko Nakauchi is the youngest twin daughter of the Munemitsu family. The Munemitsu family owned and operated a farm in Orange County, California when WWII broke out. After the issuance of Executive Order 9066 (1942) they were forced to leave their farm and sent to a U.S. concentration camp in Poston, Arizona where the family of 6 lived in a single room for nearly 3 years. They were one of the few Japanese families that did not lose everything, as the Mendez family rented and maintained their farm and farmhouse while they were incarcerated. After their release, the Munemitsu family returned to Orange County, and the two families lived together in the same farmhouse for a time, both families supporting one another while the Mendez family continued to fight the Mendez vs. Westminster lawsuit.


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