Returning home

When the camps closed, Japanese Americans were handed $25 and put on trains headed for the places they had been forcibly removed from nearly four years earlier. Harassment was common -- many returning Japanese Americans were greeted with signs reading "No Japs Allowed." Other discovered their property had been vandalized or stolen. Homes and businesses that had been boarded up or left in the care of others were abandoned and stripped of furnishings and goods. For the majority, who did not have homes to return to, housing was the most serious problem. Housing discrimination was severe in many areas and persisted to varying degrees until the civil rights legislation of the 1960s. Former camp inmates with no other options moved into hostels and converted community institutions with conditions not much better than the camps they had just left. Although this period was stressful, it is remembered as a time when people came together to share what they had.

Returning home (912)

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Hostel, Japanese language school (ddr-densho-32-1)
img Hostel, Japanese language school (ddr-densho-32-1)
Yoneki (Nick) Tsutsumi in front of the Japanese language school. Tsutsumi lived temporarily at the school after returning home from camp.
Sunday Oregonian article (ddr-densho-35-358)
doc Sunday Oregonian article (ddr-densho-35-358)
Article from scrapbook page titled "Japanese Evacuees: Where Do They Belong."
Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-364)
doc Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-364)
Three articles and one photograph on Gresham, Oregon anti-Japanese groups. Newspapers include: Gresham Outlook and Sunday Oregonian.
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-392)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-392)
Newspaper articles titled: "Racial Test Arrives in California," "MacNaughton Will Speak on Japanese," and "'On Being Nisei...'" Newspapers include the Christian Science Monitor, Minidoka Irrigator, and Oregon Journal.
Scrapbook page:
doc Scrapbook page: "The Portland Area" (ddr-densho-35-382)
Various newspaper clippings, one of which is titled: "Council Defeats Anti-Japanese Resolution." Newspapers include: the Minidoka Irrigator, Portland Labor Press, Oregonian, and Oregon Journal.
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-380)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-380)
Newspaper clippings from the New York Times, Oregonian, and Oregon Journal, one of which is titled: "All Created Equal." From scrapbook page titled: "Some Expressions of Public Opinion on Action of Hood River Legion."