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 (13)
Pearl Harbor and aftermath (3)
Responses of non-Japanese Americans (118)

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Asian American response to incarceration, Jewish response to incarceration

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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.

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.

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.

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
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
Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-5-2)
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Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and attending school the next day: being identified with Japan

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 ...

Letter requesting exemption addressed to Lieutenant General J.L. DeWitt from Sarah
doc Letter requesting exemption addressed to Lieutenant General J.L. DeWitt from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt (ddr-one-3-13)
Letter to Lieutenant General J. L. DeWitt from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt (the letter is unsigned) asking for an exemption from Executive order 9066 for Miyuki "Kay" Kida. For response see ddr-one-3-14.
Letter denying exemption addressed to Sarah E. Pyatt from Captain Herman P. Goebel, Jr. (ddr-one-3-14)
doc Letter denying exemption addressed to Sarah E. Pyatt from Captain Herman P. Goebel, Jr. (ddr-one-3-14)
Return letter and envelope to Sarah "Sade" Pyatt from Captain Herman P. Goebel, Jr. of the Western Defense Command and the Fourth Army informing her that her request for the Kidas to be exempted from Executive Order 9066 has been rejected.
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-152-15)
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Some positive memories of supportive Caucasian neighbors in the time leading up to mass removal
Bob Santos Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-339-9)
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The changed atmosphere in school after the Japanese Americans had been removed
Mas Akiyama Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-188-12)
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Observations of changes within Spokane community after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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.

Joe Yamakido Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-167-4)
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Being harassed and arrested following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Aya Uenishi Medrud Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-213-7)
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Feeling that others couldn't distinguish between Japanese and Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-148-16)
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Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: mother's fear of deportation, parents' "demeanor was so different"
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