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 (20)
Pearl Harbor and aftermath (4)
Responses of non-Japanese Americans (118)

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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
Ben Uyeno Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-100-19)
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Reaction of non-Japanese Americans to the bombing of Pearl Harbor: refused service at restaurant
Shosuke Sasaki Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-78-12)
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Japanese American Citizens League actions following the outbreak of war and anti-Japanese propaganda in the press
Martha Shoaf Interview Segment 2 (ddr-manz-1-9-2)
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Losing Japanese American friends during mass removal: "There was kind of a void there"
Rose Tanaka Interview Segment 11 (ddr-manz-1-145-11)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, support from a family friend, a retired military officer
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-155-7)
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Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: Issei pastor tearfully apologizes to father
Sumi Okamoto Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-192-12)
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Aftermath of Pearl Harbor: travel restrictions, friction with Chinese community

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.

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