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 (120)

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

120 items
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
Martha Shoaf Interview Segment 2 (ddr-manz-1-9-2)
vh Martha Shoaf Interview Segment 2 (ddr-manz-1-9-2)
Losing Japanese American friends during mass removal: "There was kind of a void there"
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.
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
Tom Akashi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-164-12)
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Returning to school after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, getting in fights with other students over racist name-calling
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-53-18)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-53-18)
Principal addresses curfew and other restrictions at a school assembly
Shosuke Sasaki Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-78-12)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-78-12)
Japanese American Citizens League actions following the outbreak of war and anti-Japanese propaganda in the press
Sumi Okamoto Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-192-12)
vh Sumi Okamoto Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-192-12)
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.

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
Joseph Frisino Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-117-18)
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Experiencing anger and hate towards all people of Japanese ancestry as a result of Pearl Harbor bombing

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

Joe Ishikawa Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-205-13)
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Continuing to attend UCLA after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: some strange encounters
Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1001-7-3)
vh Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1001-7-3)
Observing the effects of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on the Japanese American community
Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-8-3)
vh Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-8-3)
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 ...

Letter requesting exemption addressed to Lieutenant General J.L. DeWitt from J.A.
doc Letter requesting exemption addressed to Lieutenant General J.L. DeWitt from J.A. "Al" Johnson (ddr-one-3-12)
Copy of a letter sent to Lieutenant General J. L. DeWitt by J. A. "Al" Johnson. Asks for an exemption for the Kida family from Executive Order 9066 and attests to their loyalty to the United States.
Misa Taketa Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-436-12)
vh Misa Taketa Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-436-12)
Being called in to talk to the vice principal on the last day of school
Gene Akutsu Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-1-6)
vh Gene Akutsu Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-1-6)
A boy's shock and anxiety, and reactions of school peers after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Jimi Yamaichi Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-106-4)
vh Jimi Yamaichi Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-106-4)
A friend's offer to care for the farm while family is incarcerated
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