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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Masako Yoshida Interview Segment 24 (ddr-manz-1-153-24)
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Returning to California to raise a family, facing discrimination
Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-63-22)
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Returning to Seattle after World War II, reopening the family business
Henry Miyatake Interview IV Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-56-1)
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War Relocation Authority's efforts to encourage the hiring of Japanese Americans
Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-59-10)
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Fortuitous circumstances and strong business sense eases the chore of restarting business
Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-59-9)
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Parents' reasons for settling in Seattle and restarting Uwajimaya
Frank Kitamoto Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-35-25)
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Mother's efforts to reestablish the family farm after the war
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 62 (ddr-densho-1000-12-62)
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Shock at condition of family farm upon returning after the war
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-112-28)
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Experiencing hardship, rebuilding the Seattle Buddhist Temple and community (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-112-27)
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Returning to Seattle after the war, finding the Buddhist temple vandalized (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Frank Kitamoto Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-35-23)
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Reception of Bainbridge Island, Washington, community to returning Japanese after the war
Min Tonai Interview I Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-354-32)
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Parents try to rebuild their lives after the war

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Mary Kageyama Nomura Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-255-24)
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Leaving camp and returning to California, living in a hostel run by the Quakers
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-98-25)
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Opening an ice creamery, a community hub in Seattle's International District
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-77-16)
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Returning to Seattle and finding a place to live

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Frank S. Fujii Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-8-24)
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Leaving Tule Lake: "Put me on a train, gave me $29... And then you're feeling so inadequate and feeling so poor"

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

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