Wakako Yamauchi (1924– ) is a distinguished writer, poet and painter. Add
She was born Wakako Nakamura on October 24, 1924, in Westmoreland, California to immigrant parents who farmed in the Imperial Valley, near the Mexican border. Yamauchi's mother also taught Japanese on Sundays at the Buddhist church. When Yamauchi was seventeen years old, the US government forced her and her family into a concentration camp in Poston,Arizona (in barrack apartment 12-1-A
—the title of a play she later wrote).
In Poston, she met Hisaye Yamamoto, a few years her senior and already established in the Japanese American press.
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