Mr. Uchida got taken away from his family in 1940's because he is japanese and Pearl harbor was just bombed by the Japanese and America declared war on Japan.
Sort of like the holocaust people were taken to camps on trains, but they were allowed to take luggage and lived in "Apartments".
All of the huts at Mirror Lake were the same and they were also dirty and ugly so Ben and his mom cleaned up there home.
The rows of houses were set up in blocks and most of them played baseball against each other. One of the the characters (Mike Masuda) is the pitcher and he is also older than most of the other players.
Kenny another character, Mike, and Ben all played splits, which is a game where you throw a knife far enough away from the other players so they can reach. But the knife shot Kenny in the ankle!
The Military sent a man to make a speech that the Japanese in the camp would be able to join the military, but a man asked why we would risk our lives for a country that imprisoned us?