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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Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-77-16)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-77-16)
Returning to Seattle and finding a place to live

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

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-77-19)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-77-19)
Toru's beginning a career in law and insurance

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

May K. Sasaki Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-79-26)
vh May K. Sasaki Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-79-26)
Returning to Seattle, finding temporary living quarters in the local "dojo"
Rick Sato Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-80-15)
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Returning to eastern Washington, still a "Jap" to some
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-112-28)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-112-28)
Experiencing hardship, rebuilding the Seattle Buddhist Temple and community (Japanese language)

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

Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-112-27)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-112-27)
Returning to Seattle after the war, finding the Buddhist temple vandalized (Japanese language)

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

Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 72 (ddr-densho-1000-118-72)
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Returning to South Park, Washington, after the war until home in Sunnydale was vacated

During this interview, Mrs. Kurosu alternately speaks in both English and Japanese. As a result, the English translation of the transcript contains [Jpn.] and [Eng.], which indicate whether the original dialogue was spoken in Japanese or English.

Sue K. Embrey Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-6-5)
vh Sue K. Embrey Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-6-5)
Returning to face discrimination in postwar Los Angeles

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, our interviews were limited to one …

Frank S. Fujii Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-8-24)
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Leaving Tule Lake: "Put me on a train, gave me $29... And then you're feeling so inadequate and feeling so poor"

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-87-15)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-87-15)
Finding a home among friendly neighbors after returning to Seattle

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Junkoh Harui Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-11-17)
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Positive memories of returning to school on Bainbridge Island, Washington after leaving camp

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Junkoh Harui Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-11-15)
vh Junkoh Harui Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-11-15)
Positive memories of returning to school on Bainbridge Island, Washington

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 63 (ddr-densho-1000-12-63)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 63 (ddr-densho-1000-12-63)
Struggling to rebuild the family farm, finally deciding to sell
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-12-16)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-12-16)
Caucasians reach out to the Japanese Americans returning home from the camps
Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-59-10)
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Fortuitous circumstances and strong business sense eases the chore of restarting business
Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-59-16)
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Postwar opportunities for Japanese Americans: societal, cultural, and self-imposed limitations
Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-59-9)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-59-9)
Parents' reasons for settling in Seattle and restarting Uwajimaya
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