Sadayashi (George) Fujii, 76, of Garden Grove is a retired businessman. He was interned at Poston, Ariz.
Fujii, born in Seattle, was sent by his parents to Japan at age 9 for his education, an experience that created a strong sense of Japanese nationalistic pride. That kibei (American-born but Japanese-educated) pride often clashed with Nisei (second-generation Japanese-American) beliefs.
While other Japanese-Americans pushed loyalty to America, Fujii rode a cultural tightrope. "I guess you might say I was brainwashed in Japan. But in a totalitarian society, you learn that when they say turn right, you turn right. When left, you turn left."
When he returned to the United States from Japan in 1935, he was more sensitive to the prejudices and anti-Japanese sentiments in Orange County. After war with Japan broke out, he and his parents were given evacuation orders.