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.

World War II (34)
Pearl Harbor and aftermath (13)
Responses of non-Japanese Americans (119)

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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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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
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
Jimi Yamaichi Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-106-3)
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Events following Pearl Harbor: a Caucasian friend's tearful warning, and opportunistic farmers look to cash in on the mass removal
Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-8-3)
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A senior in high school when Pearl Harbor bombing took place: "we were treated with a sort of disdain"

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 ...

Misa Taketa Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-436-12)
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Being called in to talk to the vice principal on the last day of school
Richard H. Yamamoto Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-191-15)
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Becoming angry on December 7, 1941, quitting job

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.

Jimi Yamaichi Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-106-4)
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A friend's offer to care for the farm while family is incarcerated
Joseph Frisino Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-117-15)
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"It was just incredible, the feeling that gave us, of hatred," memories of and reaction to bombing of Pearl Harbor as a young soldier from the East Coast

Mr. Frisino was suffering from a slight cough during the two days of this interview.

Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-184-33)
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Description of Jimmy Sakamoto; his interaction with mainstream newspaper editors following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
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