Returning home

When the camps closed, Japanese Americans were handed $25 and put on trains headed for the places they had been forcibly removed from nearly four years earlier. Harassment was common -- many returning Japanese Americans were greeted with signs reading "No Japs Allowed." Other discovered their property had been vandalized or stolen. Homes and businesses that had been boarded up or left in the care of others were abandoned and stripped of furnishings and goods. For the majority, who did not have homes to return to, housing was the most serious problem. Housing discrimination was severe in many areas and persisted to varying degrees until the civil rights legislation of the 1960s. Former camp inmates with no other options moved into hostels and converted community institutions with conditions not much better than the camps they had just left. Although this period was stressful, it is remembered as a time when people came together to share what they had.

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Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-175)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-175)
Wants her to find a place in San Jose rather than go with his family, thanks her for the shoes, wants another baby as soon as he gets home.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-163)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-163)
He expects it may be hard to adjust to being a civilian again, would like them to have their own home, can't send money this month.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-184)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-184)
Knows his family will be glad she is jointing them in Mt. View, but he doesn't want her to do any work while she is there, is sending more stockings
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-156)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-156)
Saw his brother, Archie, heard that the family has moved to Mt. View California, ask where she is thinking of going when the camps close
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-178)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-178)
The war is officially over, but he is waiting to celebrate when he can come home, wants Kathy to visit his sister Kai (Kasumi Uchiyama) before she goes to San Jose after the camp closes.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-141)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-141)
Letter torn, lines missing. Asks if she knows what she will do when the camps close, doesn't expect to be home until 1946.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-128)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-128)
If the camps close, thinks it would be best for Kathleen and Yuri (Aileen) to go with his parents, regrets not having volunteered for combat because could have gotten a field promotion.
Letter from Kathleen Koga Uchiyama to Alvin Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-198)
doc Letter from Kathleen Koga Uchiyama to Alvin Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-198)
Written after Kathleen and Yuri (Aileen) moved to Mountain View, probably with Alvin's parents. Describes house they are sharing with others with no running water or ceiling, having family around.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-137)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-137)
Sorry to have missed Yuri (Aileen)'s birthday party, still waiting to be transferred, thoughts about where Kathleen and Yuri (Aileen) should go to live next.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 14, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-40)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 14, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-40)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 14, 1945). Envelope is postmarked January 14, 1945 from Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Via air mail" is written boldly on the envelope.
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 19, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-67)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 19, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-67)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 19, 1944). Envelope is postmarked December 19, 1944 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 7, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-21)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 7, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-21)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 7, 1944). Envelope is postmarked June 7, 1944 from Chicago, Illinois.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (January 6, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-91)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (January 6, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-91)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (January 6, 1945). Envelope is postmarked January 8, 1945 from De Kalb, Illinois.
Alien's travel permit (ddr-manz-4-269)
doc Alien's travel permit (ddr-manz-4-269)
Permit allowing Shinjo Nagatomi and his family to travel to Gardena, California after leaving camp.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-141)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-141)
Excerpt: "Please forgive me for not writing more often. I guess a little excitement of being home causes me to forget!" Sent from Los Angeles, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-122)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-122)
Excerpt: "Today I would like to inform you on some important news." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-128)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-128)
Excerpt: "Thanks for your letters. It sure sounds like the army life is teaching you quite a few things." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-140)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-140)
Excerpt: "Here it is, exactly one week since we got back to Los Angeles." Sent from Los Angeles, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Riichi Togawa (ddr-densho-223-65)
doc Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Riichi Togawa (ddr-densho-223-65)
A letter telling Henrietta Schoen about adjustment after returning home.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-143)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-143)
Excerpt: "Okay, okay! I'm writing! Please don't get angry!" Sent from Los Angeles, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to a Nisei man from his father (ddr-densho-153-144)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his father (ddr-densho-153-144)
Excerpt: "We got two trunks and a bag yesterday while we are absent." Sent from Los Angeles, California, possibly to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-123)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-123)
Excerpt: "Thank you very much for your letters." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
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