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 (911)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Alien land laws, Hood River incident, Kazuo Masuda, Return to West Coast

911 items
WRA booklet:
doc WRA booklet: "West Coast Incidents" (ddr-densho-274-29)
Booklet produced by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) that features clippings from major U.S. newspapers on Japanese Americans.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 9 (March 2, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-58)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 9 (March 2, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-58)
Selected article titles: "More Internees to Leave Sunday" (p. 1), "WRA Determined to Close Centers-Myer" (p. 2), and "GI's May Visit Interned Kins" (p. 4).
Letter from Uhachi Tamesa to Mr. Burnett (ddr-densho-333-23)
doc Letter from Uhachi Tamesa to Mr. Burnett (ddr-densho-333-23)
Letter about returning home and attempting to recover stolen property
Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Riichi Togawa (ddr-densho-223-65)
doc Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Riichi Togawa (ddr-densho-223-65)
A letter telling Henrietta Schoen about adjustment after returning home.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-143)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-143)
Excerpt: "Okay, okay! I'm writing! Please don't get angry!" Sent from Los Angeles, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-123)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-123)
Excerpt: "Thank you very much for your letters." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-417)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-417)
Black and white photographic negative of guests at the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church. A flag with the Wheel of Dharma is visible behind the head table. Sitting at table in foreground on left hand side from left to right: Harry Toshi, unidentified, Irene (Fujii) Mano, unidentified and ...
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-10)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-10)
Original black and white photographic print of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Back Row (left to right): Elsie Okazaki, Anges (Inouye) Kitayama, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Atsuko “Alice” (Matsumoto) Ando, Nami (Miura) Koida, Kimi Wakabayashi, Grace Mieko (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Masae “Elsie” (Morita) Onishi, and Betty Nakashimada. Middle Row (left to right): Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida, ...
Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-392)
img Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-392)
Black and white photographic negative of crowd of Nisei at a beach outing planned by the Sorrelles (a high school social group).
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-207)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-207)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in a partial circle in front of a crowd that encloses the dancers. Obon dancers: left corner of image in front of dancer wearing a headscarf is Phyllis Midori (Ando) Muramatsu, behind woman in headscarf is Mabel (Maekawa) Ota followed by Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, ninth from ...
Wedding Reception (ddr-one-1-133)
img Wedding Reception (ddr-one-1-133)
Black and white photographic negative of a unknown wedding reception with a group of wedding guests standing next to the gift table. Standing in the back behind the gifts is Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 18
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 18 "Sailing" (ddr-one-1-472)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 18 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Noon Bag Company building. On the side of the building is an advertisement for San Juan Slacks. The float is a large sailboat with six women riding inside, one is holding a pink ribbon. The sail ...
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