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 (128)

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

128 items
Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1001-7-3)
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Observing the effects of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on the Japanese American community
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
Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-42-5)
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Attending school the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.

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
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-53-18)
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Principal addresses curfew and other restrictions at a school assembly
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
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
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.
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.
Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-5-2)
vh Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-5-2)
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 ...

Akiko Okuno Interview Segment 16 (ddr-manz-1-133-16)
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The shock of being shunned by best friend after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
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