Renunciation of citizenship

During World War II, 5,589 American citizens of Japanese descent renounced their U.S. citizenship. The renunciations took place between December 1944 and July 1945, mostly in Tule Lake concentration camp, California. The vast majority of renunciations had little to do with "disloyalty" to the U.S., but instead were the result of a series of complex conditions and events that were beyond the control of those involved. After a legal battle, most renunciants had their U.S. citizenship restored in the 1960s.

World War II (13)
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Renunciation of citizenship (83)

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Minoru Kiyota Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-36-13)
vh Minoru Kiyota Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-36-13)
Restoration of U.S. citizenship, a ten-year legal effort by Wayne Collins

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Tule Lake Pilgrimage held at Klamath Falls, Oregon and at the site of Tule Lake incarceration camp in California. Given the limited time available during this event, the length and breadth of this interview are shorter than ...

Minoru Kiyota Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-36-10)
vh Minoru Kiyota Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-36-10)
Decision and impact of renouncing U.S. citizenship

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Tule Lake Pilgrimage held at Klamath Falls, Oregon and at the site of Tule Lake incarceration camp in California. Given the limited time available during this event, the length and breadth of this interview are shorter than other Densho interviews.

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-165-35)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-165-35)
Reflections: speaking for the first time about resister and renunciation experiences
Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-154-23)
vh Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-154-23)
Procedures involved in renouncing U.S. citizenship and preparing for expatriation to Japan: changing family name
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 75 (October 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-62)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 75 (October 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-62)
"Two Seek Citizenship Restoration Under Judge Cavanaugh's Ruling" (p. 1), "Jackson Street District Reports 156 Per Cent of Quota in 1947 Drive" (p. 1), "B.C. Official Protest Race Restrictions" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 72 (August 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-134)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 72 (August 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-134)
"One of These Pretty Girls Will Be "Miss JACL' of 1948. Nine Girls Seek JACL Queen Title" (pg. 1), "Gov. Maw of Utah Will Join in National JACL Conclave" (pg. 1), "New Names Delay Renunciant Cases. Extension Granted" (pg. 2), "MacArthur Aide Sure Nisei GI Shortened War in Pacific" (pg. 4)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 38 (May 1, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-106)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 38 (May 1, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-106)
"2,300 Nisei Renunciants Regain "Lost' Citizenship; Judge Scores Government Handling of Cases" (p. 1), "Hearings on Evacuation Claims Legislation Due Early Part of This Month, JACL-ADC Reports" (p. 1),
Two memos regarding Manzanar concentration camp, California (ddr-densho-67-14)
doc Two memos regarding Manzanar concentration camp, California (ddr-densho-67-14)
The subject of these memos is the identification of suspected pro-Japanese individuals.
Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-432-34)
vh Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-432-34)
Being contacted by Wayne Collins regarding restoration of U.S. citizenship (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview. 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 ...

Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-263-7)
Helping to organize lawsuits for renunciants to regain their U.S. citizenship

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 ...

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-4-5)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-4-5)
Discussion of decision in camp to renounce U.S. citizenship, family's near-deportation to Japan
Sarah Sato Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-81-24)
vh Sarah Sato Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-81-24)
Deciding to renounce U.S. citizenship, separating the family
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 3 (January 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-2)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 3 (January 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-2)
"U.S. Court Hears Status of 5,500 Nisei" (p. 1), "Seeks Passage of Claims Bill" (p. 1), "M.I.S. Grads Total 2,675 in Monterey" (p. 1).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 40 (October 5, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-88)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 40 (October 5, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-88)
Selected article titles: "Justice Dept. Begins Renuncee Registration" (p. 1), "Justice Dept. Scheduled to Replace Army Wednesday" (p. 1), "Japanese POW's Go to Cotton Fields" (p. 2), and "To Potential Resettlers: 2 Prominent Tuleans Give Reports on Trips Outside" (p. 5).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 38 (November 16, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-40)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 38 (November 16, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-40)
Selected article titles: "Renunciation Bill: Initial Procedures Clarified by Legal Aid" (p. 1), "2 Fires Result from Overheated Coal Stoves" (p. 2), and "Evacuee Property Office: Real Estate Problems Aired for Evacuees" (pp. 2, 4).
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