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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Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 27 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-27)
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Returning to San Jose before the West Coast was opened for Japanese Americans
Willie K. Ito Interview Segment 19 (ddr-manz-1-149-19)
vh Willie K. Ito Interview Segment 19 (ddr-manz-1-149-19)
Returning to San Francisco and witnessing changes in the Japantown area
Junkoh Harui Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-11-17)
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Positive memories of returning to school on Bainbridge Island, Washington after leaving camp

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.

May K. Sasaki Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-79-26)
vh May K. Sasaki Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-79-26)
Returning to Seattle, finding temporary living quarters in the local "dojo"
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-155-17)
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The end of World War II: returning to Seattle, father's resolve to reopen the Japanese Baptist Church
Junkoh Harui Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-11-26)
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Lessons learned from rebuilding, the importance of honor, dignity, and family legacy

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.

Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-273-22)
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Returning to Wapato, observing changes in the Japanese American community

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 ...

Mako Nakagawa Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-66-21)
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Parents' struggles to reestablish their lives and find work
Mako Nakagawa Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-66-19)
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Parental discussions and anxiety surrounding where to go after leaving camp
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-98-24)
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Returning to Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington, arriving to a vandalized home and getting involved in the community again
Kay Matsuoka Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-48-40)
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Returning to Fresno, California, after the war: struggling with illness and making a living
Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-87-17)
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Husband returns to medical practice, delivers postwar baby boom babies

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.

Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-87-16)
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Influx of servicemen changes neighborhoods and creates housing shortage after the war

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.

Richard Murakami Segment 45 (ddr-densho-1000-64-45)
vh Richard Murakami Segment 45 (ddr-densho-1000-64-45)
The depleted condition of the Eagle Oyster Packing Company after the war
Hostel, Japanese language school (ddr-densho-32-1)
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Yoneki (Nick) Tsutsumi in front of the Japanese language school. Tsutsumi lived temporarily at the school after returning home from camp.
Sunday Oregonian article (ddr-densho-35-358)
doc Sunday Oregonian article (ddr-densho-35-358)
Article from scrapbook page titled "Japanese Evacuees: Where Do They Belong."
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