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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Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-63-22)
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Returning to Seattle after World War II, reopening the family business
Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-87-18)
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Formation of the Japanese Resettlement Committee

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Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-87-20)
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Japanese Resettlement Committee's efforts to assist returning Japanese with housing

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.

Mary Kageyama Nomura Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-255-24)
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Leaving camp and returning to California, living in a hostel run by the Quakers
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-155-18)
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Father's activities immediately after returning to Seattle: opposing the teamsters and aiding Japanese American farmers
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-155-17)
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The end of World War II: returning to Seattle, father's resolve to reopen the Japanese Baptist Church
Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-172-25)
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Returning to Seattle after World War II; living at the Japanese Methodist Church
Kazuko Iwahashi Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-337-20)
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Leaving camp and returning home

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Bob Santos Interview I Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-339-13)
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Memories of Japanese Americans' return to the community: mostly welcoming, some discrimination
Bacon Sakatani Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-298-19)
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Difficult times after returning to California

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Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-299-31)
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Helping family to reestablish photography business after returning home

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Min Tonai Interview I Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-354-32)
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Parents try to rebuild their lives after the war

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Esther Takei Nishio Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-370-18)
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Leaving camp as part of a test group allowed to return early to the West Coast

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