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 (126)

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126 items
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 102 (December 23, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-260)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 102 (December 23, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-260)
"Chinese Fear Mass Removal of Their Kind" (p. 1), "Ex-U Aide Says Evacuation Book Led to Ouster" (p. 1), "Pushes Walter Bill" (p. 2).
Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1013-7-11)
vh Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1013-7-11)
Going to school the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: students were unusually serious
Yoshimi Matsuura Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1014-6-11)
vh Yoshimi Matsuura Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1014-6-11)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor: changed relationships with friends
Ernest Uno Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1007-7-1)
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Being accused of theft in school 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 ...

Joseph Frisino Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-117-16)
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Stories of suspicion and fear of sabotage by Japanese Americans on the West Coast

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

Lillian Sato Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-224-9)
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Receiving mixed responses from classmates and teachers following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Roy Ebihara Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-222-13)
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Afraid of attack by townspeople after Pearl Harbor: "we lived in mortal fear"
Edith Watanabe Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-101-10)
vh Edith Watanabe Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-101-10)
Response of Burlington community to Pearl Harbor: finding out who your friends truly are
Sumi Okamoto Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-192-14)
vh Sumi Okamoto Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-192-14)
Receiving support from non-Japanese Americans

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.

George Morihiro Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-182-15)
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Returning to school after Pearl Harbor; an emotional graduation ceremony
Shig Yabu Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-272-7)
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Leaving school to go to camp: class throws a farewell party

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 the ...

Floyd Schmoe Interview I Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-83-2)
vh Floyd Schmoe Interview I Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-83-2)
Setting up an American Friends Service Committee office at the onset of war to try and "prevent the internment"

In this interview Mr. Schmoe refers to Aki Kurose, a former employee, fellow Quaker, peace activist, and long-time friend. At the time of this interview, Ms. Kurose had recently passed away after a long struggle with cancer ...

Cherry Kinoshita Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-34-5)
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Being questioned by the FBI over the family's short wave radio
Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-107-11)
vh Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-107-11)
Ostracization by classmates following bombing of Pearl Harbor: "I'm still bitter"
Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga Interview II Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-250-11)
vh Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga Interview II Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-250-11)
Experiencing prejudice in school following the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "At that point, I was mad at Japan"
Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-42-6)
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Reaction of non-Japanese Americans to the bombing of Pearl Harbor: mixed responses

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

Rick Sato Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-80-6)
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Increasing anti-Japanese sentiment following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
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