Responses of non-Japanese Americans

The reactions of non-Japanese friends, neighbors and classmates were mixed. Some turned their heads and refused to recognize their former friends. Others believed the government propaganda and became outright hostile. Still others helped their Japanese American neighbors by storing belongings and driving them to the places where they were to be picked up. Perhaps only a handful of people understood the true implications of the course of events.

Responses of non-Japanese Americans (126)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Asian American response to incarceration, Jewish response to incarceration

126 items
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-155-9)
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First Sunday after mass removal: father is left with an empty church; memories of visiting Japanese American friends through the barbed wire at "Camp Harmony"
George Yamada Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-187-15)
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Reaction to bombing of Pearl Harbor: a racist encounter at a movie theater

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1008-4-7)
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Going to school on December 8th, reactions of other students

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-10)
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Returning to school after Pearl Harbor: classmates "turned against me"; father taken in FBI raid

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1001-7-5)
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Family's efforts to help Japanese Americans store their belongings during mass removal
Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1002-8-6)
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Experiencing hostility and discrimination in high school after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not ...

Michiko Frances Chikahisa Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-347-14)
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The support of the Catholic church after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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 ...

Setsu Tsuboi Tanemura Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-266-13)
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School principal writes a supportive letter for Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Kazie Good Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-429-3)
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A jarring experience at school after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Jimi Yamaichi Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-106-3)
vh Jimi Yamaichi Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-106-3)
Events following Pearl Harbor: a Caucasian friend's tearful warning, and opportunistic farmers look to cash in on the mass removal
Petition (ddr-one-3-11)
doc Petition (ddr-one-3-11)
Typed petition asking for an exemption from Executive Order 9066 on behalf of Kenjiro, Kay, and George Kida living in White Salmon, Washington. Signed by 67 members of the White Salmon community.
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