Economic losses

The economic and emotional toll associated with the uprooting of Japanese Americans from their homes and businesses was enormous. The cost was especially high for the issei (first-generation immigrants), who had worked most of their lives to establish financial security for themselves and their children. Many Japanese Americans bitterly recall being forced to sell property, personal belongings, and business equipment for a fraction of their value to opportunistic scavengers. Evacuees could take only what they could carry. They left behind heirlooms, cherished toys, and family pets. Farmers continued to work for a harvest they would never see, told it would be "disloyal" to stop. The bustling Nihonmachis (Japantowns) of the West Coast closed down and never fully recovered, even after the war ended.

Economic losses (231)

231 items
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 1 (January 1, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-167)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 1 (January 1, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-167)
"Report from Washington: Work, Accomplishments of ADC in Legislative, Educational Horizons in U.S. Presented" (p. 1), "Claims Queries and Replies" (p. 6),
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 40 (June 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-28)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 40 (June 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-28)
"Northwest District Council of Citizens League Reactivated; Shimomoura Elected Chairman" (p. 1), "JACL Leader Files "Case for Nisei" (p. 1), "Eisenhower's Brother OK's Claims Action" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 66 (August 17, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-233)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 66 (August 17, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-233)
"Claims Total Here to Date Set at $20,000" (p. 1), "Orientals Win Voting Rights" (p. 1), "Queen Terri and Attendants Invite City of Los Angeles to Join in Nisei Week Festival" (p. 1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 9 (March 3, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 9 (March 3, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-9)
Selected article titles: "U.S. Supreme Court Decides Cases Affecting Civil Rights: Court to Review Denaturalization Law Passed by Congress" (p. 1), "'Life' Magazine Rebuked for Insisting 'Jap' as Colloquial" (p. 1), and "Full Return or Compensation for Confiscated Japanese Property by U.S. Urged in Report" (p. 1).
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-10)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-10)
Correspondence regarding an inventory of possessions left behind, as well as for the sale of some large items.
Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-71)
doc Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-71)
Correspondence from Carl Prato regarding sale of the Uno's farm and equipment.
Letter from Min Tamesa to Adam Beller (ddr-densho-333-27)
img Letter from Min Tamesa to Adam Beller (ddr-densho-333-27)
Letter regarding seeking financial restitution for highway being put across Tamesa property
Issei preparing farm for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-270)
img Issei preparing farm for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-270)
Original caption: Woodland, California. This mother of Japanese ancestry is ready with her family of ten, to leave their farm the following morning in compliance with Civilian Exclusion Order. The figure in the background is a Negro laborer employed by the new tenants who have taken over the farm and are now operating it.
Signs advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-319)
img Signs advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-319)
Original caption: Sacramento, California. Evidence of evacuation is seen in the Japanese quarter two days prior to evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry from this city.
img "Evacuation sale" at store run by Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-151-138)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. A close-out sale- prior to evacuation- at store operated by proprietor of Japanese ancestry on Grant Avenue in Chinatown. The evacuees of Japanese descent will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Farewell letter posted in Chinatown shop (ddr-densho-151-118)
img Farewell letter posted in Chinatown shop (ddr-densho-151-118)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Letter of appreciation posted in window of Pacific Dry Goods Company, 434-440 Grant Avenue, in San Francisco's Chinatown. Evacuees of Japanese descent will be housed at War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
House for rent in Japantown (ddr-densho-151-317)
img House for rent in Japantown (ddr-densho-151-317)
Original caption: Sacramento, California. Rooming House in the Japanese section of town. Photograph taken two days before evacuation.
Tolan Committee representative meeting with Japanese American farmer (ddr-densho-151-216)
img Tolan Committee representative meeting with Japanese American farmer (ddr-densho-151-216)
Original caption: San Jose, California. John W. Abbott, chief field investigator for the Tolan Congressional Defense Committee on Migration, is shown speaking to a young celery grower, on March 27, 1942, who has just completed arrangements for leasing his farm during evacuation. He holds the lease document in his hand. He and his sisters were evacuated ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 49, No. 3 (July 17, 1959) (ddr-pc-31-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 49, No. 3 (July 17, 1959) (ddr-pc-31-29)
Selected article titles: "Evacuee claimant's private bill to extend filing deadline vetoed" (p. 1), "Hawaiian statehood certain to affect racial policies of Australia, New Zealand" (p. 2), "Names hurt like sticks, stones" (p. 7), "California fair housing bill signed, affects FHA-VA homes" (p. 8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 49, No. 2 (July 10, 1959) (ddr-pc-31-28)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 49, No. 2 (July 10, 1959) (ddr-pc-31-28)
Selected article titles: "JACL protests use of vested property to settle Japanese war claims" (p. 1), "Fathers in Japan losing traditional dominance in family, delinquency mounts" (p. 1), "Close association of Zen Buddhism with beatniks doesn't disturb Zen philosopher" (p. 1), "55 AJAs on general election ballot for Hawaii legislature" (p. 3), "Rep. Roosevelt bill ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 3 (July 20, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 3 (July 20, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-29)
Selected article titles: "Claimants requested to refrain from writing Dep't of Justice for 60 days as all claims being reviewed under 1955 amendment" (p. 1), "Kibei fired as security risk in plea to Eisenhower" (p. 1), "Action unlikely on committee ok'd bill to return war vested property" (p. 1), "Renunciation law and segregation termed ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 25 (June 22, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 25 (June 22, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-25)
Selected article titles: "Senate unanimously approves claim bill amendment, need House okay. Senate version limits compromise to $100,000; House bill has no ceiling" (p. 1), "JACL Urges House By-Pass Confab On Senate Action" (p. 1), "President signs amendment to Fulbright Act" (p. 1), "Sacramento Japanese area to be demolished soon" (p. 1), ""Ex-Seattle Nisei attends ...
Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-10)
vh Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-10)
Financial impact of mass removal on family business

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.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 6 (August 10, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 6 (August 10, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-32)
Selected article titles: "JACL Fears Bill to Tax-Exempt Claims May Be Pigeonholed" (p.1), "Jewish Press Raises Issue Against IRS on Taxing Evacuation Claim Awards" (p.1-2), "Nisei Week Festival Launches 22nd Edition; 10 Vie for Queenship" (p.1), "Chinese American Judge Hears Case Suing County Grand Jury System Bans Negroes" (p.3), "Memorial Service to ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 10 (September 7, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-36)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 10 (September 7, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-36)
Selected article titles: "Congress Adopts No-Tax Bill" (p.1-2, 4), "Race Discrimination in Labor Unions Next NAACP Target" (p.1), "Loneliness and Sharks Greatest Problems on Epic Solo Voyage Across Pacific Ocean, Kenichi Horie Reveals" (p.2), "Gunplay during Nisei Week Fells Youth, Two Sansei Brothers Held" (p.3), "Oakland JACL in Appeal to Community to ...
Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-196-15)
vh Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-196-15)
Losing the family business 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.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 15 (October 8, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-41)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 15 (October 8, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-41)
Selected article titles: "President Signs Immigration Act Repealing Asian Quotas" (p.1, 3), "CREA Lauded by Commissioner Gordon for Effortts to Fight Housing Discrimination" (p.1), "Final Evacuation Claim Approved by U.S. Court of Claims" (p.1), "PNWDC Prepping for Third Try at Land Law Repeal" (p.1, 4), "History Project: "Contributions of Pacific Northwest ...
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