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

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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"
Cherry Kinoshita Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-34-6)
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Feeling "suspect" because of community atmosphere following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Mary Kageyama Nomura Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-255-13)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; attending school afterwards
Joe Yamakido Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-167-4)
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Being harassed and arrested following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-41-13)
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"I no longer felt I was an equal American": reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Mits Takahashi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-207-10)
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Impact of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on father's gardening business
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
Bo T. Sakaguchi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-manz-1-8-2)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, having the support of a schoolteacher
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.

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-92-15)
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Treatment by Caucasians in the community after the Pearl Harbor bombing, "Them dirty Japs..."

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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
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
Joseph Frisino Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-117-19)
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A soldier's desire to shoot Japanese Americans while ushering them to concentration camps

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

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