This is a page from the Gila News-Courier, the newspaper printed in the Gila River Concentration Camp in Arizona. Read the article titled “Rice for Mochi Arrives: Pre-Xmas Distribution Set” and consider the importance of this event to the incarcerated community at Gila River.
Here are some definitions that may be helpful as you read the article:
mochi-gome: sweet rice used to make mochi
mochi-tsuki: the making of mochi
Gilans: individuals living at Gila River
Mochi is associated with a happy time of year and mochi-making is an activity that brings Japanese American families and their communities together.
As you read the first sentence, ask yourself what types of feelings you think the Japanese and Japanese Americans associate with mochi.