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.

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Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-375)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-375)
Black and white photographic negative of young families sitting at a picnic table enjoying a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right is Yoshi Hasuike, Sachi Hasuike, Sachi Hasuike's daughter, Mrs. Jim Hasuike, Jim Hasuike's sons, and Jim Hasuike.
A Man at a Food Counter (ddr-one-1-561)
img A Man at a Food Counter (ddr-one-1-561)
Black and white photographic negative of a man standing behind a counter. The man leans against the counter with a staircase behind him. In the background under the staircase are crates of empty soda bottles.
Bridal Party of Wong/Okazaki wedding (ddr-one-1-130)
img Bridal Party of Wong/Okazaki wedding (ddr-one-1-130)
Original black and white photographic print of Lillian (Wong) Okazaki's bridal party preparing her veil. Bridesmaids left to right: Christine Quan, Dorothy Moe, May (Wong) Oka, and Violet (Wong) Yee.
Picnic (ddr-one-1-59)
img Picnic (ddr-one-1-59)
Color slide of women sitting at a table eating with chopsticks. From left to right: Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka, Sumi "Sue" (Kaga) Hasegawa, Mrs. Kiyomura, and Jean (Kiyomura) Tamiyasu.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 6
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 6 "Sunday Excursion" (ddr-one-1-547)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 6 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd has gathered outside the Chinese Medicine Co building and Dr. Geo Chan's office. The float is that of a large Paddle Steamer made of pink and red flowers. The paddle wheel reads "Pacific Power" on the side. A ...
Cowboys (ddr-one-1-447)
img Cowboys (ddr-one-1-447)
Color slide of three unidentified cowboys crouched on the ground surrounded by straw in front of a stable, a young black colt is laying near them on the right. In the back is an older horse inside the stable. According to donor processed on June 20, 1951.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-20)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-20)
Black and white photographic negative of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Left to right: Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, Loretta (Fujii) Kaneko, Mary (Nakata) Fujii, Frances (Kinoshita) Mayeda, Grace (Sakano) Robbs, Sumi "Sue" (Kaga) Hasegawa, Lillian (Niimi) Mikariya, Masae “Elsie” (Morita) Onishi, Rose Namba, Jayne (Katada) Furukawa ...
Spotted Deer (ddr-one-1-541)
img Spotted Deer (ddr-one-1-541)
Color slide of three spotted bucks and eight spotted does. Two of the bucks stare directly at the camera while the other nine deer eat grass, possibly inside Washington Park. According to donor processed on June 14, 1964.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 51
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 51 "Restaurant Assoc." (ddr-one-1-154)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 51 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel and Cafe. The Blue Eagle Cafe is visible in the background of W Burnside and NW Second Ave. Float depicts a giant hotdog with a clown riding on top, two waitresses ride in front, one ...
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-19)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-19)
Original black and white photographic print of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Left to right: Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, Loretta (Fujii) Kaneko, Mary (Nakata) Fujii, Frances (Kinoshita) Mayeda, Grace (Sakano) Robbs, Sumi "Sue" (Kaga) Hasegawa, Lillian (Niimi) Mikariya, Masae “Elsie” (Morita) Onishi, Rose Namba, Jayne (Katada ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Pistol Creek Fire Department (ddr-one-1-140)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Pistol Creek Fire Department (ddr-one-1-140)
Color slide of the Pistol Creek Fire Department pushing a small wagon up W Burnside, the Noon Bag Company and White Stag Manufacturing building is visible in the background, two large advertisements are partially visible on the Noon Bag Company building. The firemen are dressed in red long-johns and rubber boots with their fire department name ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade float- Chamber of Commerce (ddr-one-1-565)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade float- Chamber of Commerce (ddr-one-1-565)
Color slide of the side of the Chamber of Commerce driving down SW Third Ave in front of a large crowd gathered outside a Signal gas station and San Francisco Tailor, behind the Signal gas station is the old Multnomah Hotel in the Portland Rose Festival Parade. Eight women in pink gowns sit on the float ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 26
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 26 "At the end of the rainbow" (ddr-one-1-520)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 26 driving down SW Third Ave in front of a large crowd gathered outside a Signal gas station and San Francisco Tailor, behind the Signal gas station is the old Multnomah Hotel. The float is of rainbow coming out of an overturned leprechaun pot with six young women in ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Hopalong Cassidy (ddr-one-1-555)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Hopalong Cassidy (ddr-one-1-555)
Color slide of Hopalong Cassidy in gray pants and a white shirt with red embroidery waves a white cowboy hat at the crowd gathered to watch the Portland Rose Festival Parade. He is riding his large brown horse past Blue Eagle Café on W Burnside and NW Second Ave. The Portland Rose Festival Parade is an ...
A Couple in a Grocery Store (ddr-one-1-556)
img A Couple in a Grocery Store (ddr-one-1-556)
Black and white photographic negative of a couple standing behind the counter inside a grocery store. The wall behind them is lined with canned and boxed goods. There is cooler next to the counter filled with fresh vegetables.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-273)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-273)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing an Odori folk dance at Obon. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community..
Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-396)
img Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-396)
Black and white photographic negative of four Nisei burying Aki (Shiraishi) Dong in the sand at a beach outing planned by the Sorrelles (a high school social group). From left to right: Shig Tada, Yoji Kiso, Sumi "Sue" (Kaga) Hasegawa and Tom Fujii.
Northwest Methodist Rally Portland (ddr-one-1-321)
img Northwest Methodist Rally Portland (ddr-one-1-321)
Black and white photographic negative of the attendees of the Northwest Methodist Rally in Portland on November 23-25, 1951. The group is posed in front of the old Epworth Methodist Church building. Front row left to right starting third from left: Rupert Fujii, Shig Tada, and Reverend Francis Hayashi, other unidentified. Second row left to right ...
Laying at the Oregon Coast (ddr-one-1-55)
img Laying at the Oregon Coast (ddr-one-1-55)
Color slide of two women laying on a towel at the Oregon Coast. On the left is May (Ebihara) Gelfand.
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-416)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-416)
Black and white photographic negative of guests at the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church. Standing is Ted "Tetsuo" Tamaki talking to Kiku (Fujita) Morita.
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Trophies (ddr-one-1-114)
av Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Trophies (ddr-one-1-114)
Black and white photographic negative of Bruce Fukuda holding two trophies at the Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon.
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-318)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-318)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers rehearsing an Odori folk dance inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Obon dancers from left to right: Shig Yuzuriha, Hiro Okayama, Yonezo Fujii, and Tom Shigeo Tamiyasu. First seated women in the audience on far left is Sakae (Fujii) Ando. Obon is an annual event hosted by the ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-231)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-231)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing in front of a crowd. Obon dancers from left to right: Joe Shiraishi, unidentified woman, Harue Akiyama, and Wako Henjyoji. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. This image was ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-204)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-204)
Black and white photographic negative of three young Obon dancers posing for camera in front of large crowd. Obon dancers from left to right: Jeanne Tanaka, Toshiko (Maekawa) Okino, and Eileen Tanaka. Crowd: first sitting from the left is Joyce (Tanaka) Fedler, first from the right sitting on bench is Joe Ikata. Obon is an annual ...
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Individual Women's Winners (ddr-one-1-117)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Individual Women's Winners (ddr-one-1-117)
Black and white photographic negative of four individual winners at the Third Annual Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. From left to right: Florence “Flo” (Anazawa) Teshima, Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, unidentified woman, and unidentified woman. Sitting inside a booth to the far left is Kimi Tambara.
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