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 (820)

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Issei man in Los Angeles (ddr-densho-242-16)
img Issei man in Los Angeles (ddr-densho-242-16)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Los Angeles - around 1947-48. Kumezo Hatchimoji at his home."
Hostel, Japanese language school (ddr-densho-31-1)
img Hostel, Japanese language school (ddr-densho-31-1)
These children are on the front steps of the Japanese language school. The school housed many Japanese Americans immediately after the incarceration. Front row (left to right): Nancy Tada and Susumu Ohashi holding Kiyomi Ohashi. Second row: Ronnie Tada, Takashi Aoki, Yoshiko Tokita, Yasuo Tokita, and Yuzo Tokita. Third row: Janet Tada, Setsuko Kojima, Peggy Ohashi ...
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-371)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-371)
Newspaper clippings from the Oregon Journal and an advertisement for a mass meeting from the Gresham Outlook.
Advertisement for anti-Japanese meeting (ddr-densho-35-365)
doc Advertisement for anti-Japanese meeting (ddr-densho-35-365)
Advertisement for a meeting held by the Oregon Property Owners' Protective League, Inc.
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-353)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-353)
Newspaper articles from the New York Times, Oregonian, and Pacific Citizen all describing public reactions to Japanese Americans returning to the West Coast. One of the articles is titled "Union Limits Nisei to Ex-Service Men: Teamsters' Union Says it Will Oppose All Other Japanese in West Coast Jobs."
Couple reclaiming property (ddr-densho-36-6)
img Couple reclaiming property (ddr-densho-36-6)
Japanese Americans waiting to reclaim their property after World War II.
WRA booklet:
doc WRA booklet: "West Coast Incidents" (ddr-densho-274-29)
Booklet produced by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) that features clippings from major U.S. newspapers on Japanese Americans.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 9 (March 2, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-58)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 9 (March 2, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-58)
Selected article titles: "More Internees to Leave Sunday" (p. 1), "WRA Determined to Close Centers-Myer" (p. 2), and "GI's May Visit Interned Kins" (p. 4).
Letter from Uhachi Tamesa to Mr. Burnett (ddr-densho-333-23)
doc Letter from Uhachi Tamesa to Mr. Burnett (ddr-densho-333-23)
Letter about returning home and attempting to recover stolen property
Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Riichi Togawa (ddr-densho-223-65)
doc Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Riichi Togawa (ddr-densho-223-65)
A letter telling Henrietta Schoen about adjustment after returning home.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-143)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-143)
Excerpt: "Okay, okay! I'm writing! Please don't get angry!" Sent from Los Angeles, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.