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 (911)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Alien land laws, Hood River incident, Kazuo Masuda, Return to West Coast

911 items
Teruye Ogawa (ddr-csujad-8-55)
doc Teruye Ogawa (ddr-csujad-8-55)
Oral history interview with Teruye [Terue] Ogawa. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ogawa, Teruye
Mr. Kazuo Hiyama (ddr-csujad-8-22)
doc Mr. Kazuo Hiyama (ddr-csujad-8-22)
Oral history interview with Mr. Kazuo Hiyama. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Hiyama, Mr Kazuo
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 27 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-27)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 27 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-27)
Returning to San Jose before the West Coast was opened for Japanese Americans
Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-11)
vh Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-11)
Returning home after the war, restarting the family business

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-462-8)
vh Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-462-8)
Description of the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles immediately following World War II
Ben Takeshita Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-467-9)
vh Ben Takeshita Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-467-9)
Leaving camp and returning to California while Kibei brother goes to Japan
Issei woman (ddr-densho-242-17)
img Issei woman (ddr-densho-242-17)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Nobue Hatchimonji, our mother. Place unknown - probably after WWII."
Hostel, Japanese language school (ddr-densho-30-5)
img Hostel, Japanese language school (ddr-densho-30-5)
Shig (Joe) Ohashi holding Suey (Victor) Ohashi in back of the Japanese language school, which was their temporary home after World War II.
Scrapbook page:
doc Scrapbook page: "Citizens' Committee" (ddr-densho-35-383)
Newspaper clippings frim the Minidoka Irrigator, Oregonian, Pacific Citizen, and Oregon Journal.
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-370)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-370)
Newspaper clippings from the Oregonian and Oregon Journal, one of which is titled "Gresham Antis Get Censure."
Scrapbook page:
doc Scrapbook page: "The Gresham Area" (ddr-densho-35-363)
Various newspaper clippings on the group, Oregon Anti-Japanese, Inc. One of the articles is titled "Gresham Group Organizes to Oppose Return of Japs."
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-373)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-373)
Various newspaper clippings, one of which is titled: "Gresham Group Begins Coastal Anti-Jap Move."
Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-350)
doc Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-350)
Various articles from the Oregonian and Oregon Journal, one of which is titled "Japanese Land Owners Prepare to Return Here."
Scrapbook page with one article (ddr-densho-35-401)
doc Scrapbook page with one article (ddr-densho-35-401)
Newspaper clipping from the Christian Science Monitor titled "Keiko Is Home."
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