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 (875)

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Henry Miyatake Interview IV Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-56-1)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview IV Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-56-1)
War Relocation Authority's efforts to encourage the hiring of Japanese Americans
Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-59-10)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-59-10)
Fortuitous circumstances and strong business sense eases the chore of restarting business
Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-59-9)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-59-9)
Parents' reasons for settling in Seattle and restarting Uwajimaya
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 62 (ddr-densho-1000-12-62)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 62 (ddr-densho-1000-12-62)
Shock at condition of family farm upon returning after the war
Mary Kageyama Nomura Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-255-24)
vh Mary Kageyama Nomura Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-255-24)
Leaving camp and returning to California, living in a hostel run by the Quakers
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-112-27)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-112-27)
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.

Min Tonai Interview I Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-354-32)
vh Min Tonai Interview I Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-354-32)
Parents try to rebuild their lives after the war

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of ...

Dr. Frank Nishio interview (ddr-csujad-6-26)
doc Dr. Frank Nishio interview (ddr-csujad-6-26)
Oral history interview with Dr. Frank Nishio. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_NISHIO_FRANK
James Kirihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-12)
doc James Kirihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-12)
Oral history interview with James Kirihara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KIRIHARA_JAMES
Letter from Ed Bethune, Personnel Technician, United States Department of the Interior War Relocation Authority, November 7, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-101)
doc Letter from Ed Bethune, Personnel Technician, United States Department of the Interior War Relocation Authority, November 7, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-101)
A recommendation letter for Hatsuno Hotty Okine written by Ed Bethune, United States Department of the Interior War Relocation Authority, who is her supervisor when she is employed in "the Evacuee Personnel Section of the Rohwer Relocation Center." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_31_001
G.D. Holmquist Contract Housing Manager terms and conditions of occupancy (ddr-csujad-5-100)
doc G.D. Holmquist Contract Housing Manager terms and conditions of occupancy (ddr-csujad-5-100)
Terms and conditions of occupancy issued by G.D. Holmquist Contract Housing Manager. Enclosed with the letter (csudh_oki_0098). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_30_004
Heiji and Chiyoko Kurakawa (ddr-csujad-8-34)
doc Heiji and Chiyoko Kurakawa (ddr-csujad-8-34)
Oral history interview with Heiji and Chiyoko Kurakawa. 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 Kurakawa, Heiji and Chiyoko
Sadame Yamada (ddr-csujad-8-99)
doc Sadame Yamada (ddr-csujad-8-99)
Oral history interview with Sadame Yamada. 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 Yamada, Sadame
Mamoru Kuramoto (ddr-csujad-8-33)
doc Mamoru Kuramoto (ddr-csujad-8-33)
Oral history interview with Mamoru Kuramoto. 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 Kuramoto, Mamoru
Chiyeno Shimaji (ddr-csujad-8-62)
doc Chiyeno Shimaji (ddr-csujad-8-62)
Oral history interview with Chiyeno [Chieno] Shimaji. 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 Shimaji, Chiyeno
Tomiko Kuwamoto (ddr-csujad-8-35)
doc Tomiko Kuwamoto (ddr-csujad-8-35)
Oral history interview with Tomiko Kuwamoto. 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 Kuwamoto, Tomiko
Michio and June Toshiyuki (ddr-csujad-8-77)
doc Michio and June Toshiyuki (ddr-csujad-8-77)
Oral history interview with Michio and June Toshiyuki. 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 Toshiyuki, Michio and June
Dr. George Suda (ddr-csujad-8-65)
doc Dr. George Suda (ddr-csujad-8-65)
Oral history interview with Dr. George Suda. 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 Suda, Dr George
Bessie Ezaki (ddr-csujad-8-11)
doc Bessie Ezaki (ddr-csujad-8-11)
Oral history interview with Aiko Bessie Ezaki. 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 Ezaki, Bessie
Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
doc Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
Oral history interview with Kazuye [Kazue] Matsunaga. 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 Matsunaga, Kazuye
Hideichi and Masako Yamane (ddr-csujad-8-84)
doc Hideichi and Masako Yamane (ddr-csujad-8-84)
Oral history interview with Hideichi and Masako Yamane. 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 Yamane, Hideichi and Masako
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