Objects can tell us a lot about the people who use them. The scrapbook, the Boy Scouts of America certificate, the drum, and the photograph of Roy Uragami in uniform all convey a sense of patriotism.

Bob Uragami kept memorabilia and photographs from his time as a Boy Scout in Amache. He was a young American and proud to belong to the Boy Scouts of America even at a time when the United States, by incarcerating Japanese Americans, was telling him that he did not belong. The fact that Mr. Uragami chose to keep these things shows that the items reflect an important part of his identity—his past as an American kid who participated in ordinary American activities during a very unordinary time. Through these artifacts, we see how a bicultural Japanese American identity was created within the concentration camp.