Student leave

In 1942, a small number of Japanese Americans began to exit the camps through a student relocation program. The early student resettlement to colleges in Midwestern and eastern states was organized by a coalition of church leaders and educators led by the American Friends Service Committee. The coalition persuaded colleges and universities in the country's interior to accept Japanese American students. It also helped the Nisei obtain security clearance to leave camp (a complicated process) and find housing. Tuition costs were borne by the students and their families. Although many parents gave up what savings they had, nearly all the students still worked round the clock to support themselves and their studies. By the end of the war, 4,000 Nisei students had entered approximately 600 colleges.

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Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Thomas Bodine, John Nason, National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, Robert O'Brien

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Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-77-7)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-77-7)
Leaving camp to attend college

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-77-8)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-77-8)
Finding housing in Utah and attending university

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Yoshio Matsumoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1014-1-11)
vh Yoshio Matsumoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1014-1-11)
Part of a select group of students who were allowed to leave assembly centers to attend school
Sam H. Ono Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1003-2-18)
vh Sam H. Ono Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1003-2-18)
Leaving camp to attend college

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Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-143-24)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-143-24)
Obtaining permission to leave camp; first exposure to segregation in Texas
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-143-25)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-143-25)
National Student Relocation Council's help in obtaining leave clearance to attend the University of Texas
William Marutani Interview Segment 2 (ddr-phljacl-1-14-2)
vh William Marutani Interview Segment 2 (ddr-phljacl-1-14-2)
Leaving camp to attend college, then drafted into the military
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