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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Nisei (ddr-one-1-299)
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Black and white photographic negative of nine Nisei smiling for the camera indoors. Women from left to right: all unidentified except fifth from the left, Irene (Fujii) Mano. Men back row left to right: unidentified, Yoichi “Cannon” Kitayama, and Shorty Kaga. Man in front: Ned Maeda.
Valentine's Day potluck at Oregon Buddhist Church (ddr-one-1-61)
img Valentine's Day potluck at Oregon Buddhist Church (ddr-one-1-61)
Color slide of young men and women filling plates at Valentine's Day potluck at Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: Ben Ishida, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Frances (Kinoshita) Mayeda, and Arthur "Art" Ojiro Sasaki.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 43
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 43 "Kiwanis" (ddr-one-1-159)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 43 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel. The sign for the Blue Eagle Cafe is visible in the background as well as a woman dressed in a Native American costume riding a Paint horse. The float is a large clown head with ...
Mary Suzuki Ichino Interview II Segment 19 (ddr-manz-1-52-19)
vh Mary Suzuki Ichino Interview II Segment 19 (ddr-manz-1-52-19)
Seeing Little Tokyo for the first time after the war: "it was so devastating"
Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-87-18)
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Formation of the Japanese Resettlement Committee

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-42-12)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-42-12)
Opening up family apartment to returning Japanese Americans after the war

Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.

Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-42-11)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-42-11)
Returning to Seattle after the war

Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.

Mako Nakagawa Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-66-23)
vh Mako Nakagawa Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-66-23)
Issues of racism and identity, learning a meaningful poem in school
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-77-19)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-77-19)
Toru's beginning a career in law and insurance

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

Floyd Schmoe Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-86-1)
vh Floyd Schmoe Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-86-1)
Giving aid to Japanese Americans returning to Washington state after the war

In this interview Mr. Schmoe refers to Aki Kurose, a former employee, fellow Quaker, peace activist, and long-time friend. At the time of this interview, Ms. Kurose had recently passed away after a long struggle with cancer. At the time of this interview, Mr ...

Kazuko Iwahashi Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-337-20)
vh Kazuko Iwahashi Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-337-20)
Leaving camp and returning home

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 the Interior.

Sue K. Embrey Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-6-5)
vh Sue K. Embrey Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-6-5)
Returning to face discrimination in postwar Los Angeles

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, our interviews were limited to one ...

Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-68-26)
vh Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-68-26)
Returning home to Bainbridge Island to find tenant refusing to leave
Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-10-29)
vh Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-10-29)
Returning to Seattle and school after the war: facing racism
Bacon Sakatani Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-298-19)
vh Bacon Sakatani Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-298-19)
Difficult times after returning to California

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 the Interior.

Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-155-18)
vh Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-155-18)
Father's activities immediately after returning to Seattle: opposing the teamsters and aiding Japanese American farmers
Junkoh Harui Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-11-16)
vh Junkoh Harui Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-11-16)
Efforts to rebuild Bainbridge Gardens: father's hurt at seeing his trees, taken during the war, in neighbors' yards

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Junkoh Harui Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-11-15)
vh Junkoh Harui Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-11-15)
Positive memories of returning to school on Bainbridge Island, Washington

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-299-31)
vh Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-299-31)
Helping family to reestablish photography business after returning home

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 ...

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