Japanese Latin Americans

During World War II, 2,264 Latin Americans of Japanese ancestry were forcibly deported from their countries of residence and taken to the U.S. where they were placed in internment camps in order to be exchanged for Americans held by Japanese forces. Some 80 percent of the internees were Japanese Peruvians; the rest came from various Pacific-facing countries from Mexico to Chile. At the conclusion of the war, most of the interned Japanese Latin Americans were forced to leave the U.S. However, since many were initially barred from returning to their home countries, more than 900 Japanese Latin Americans were deported to war-devastated Japan. Over 350 Japanese Latin Americans remained in the U.S. and fought deportation in the courts. Eventually, about 100 managed to gain reentry to their home countries in Latin America. It was not until 1952 that those who stayed were allowed to begin the process of becoming U.S. permanent residents. Many later became U.S. citizens.

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Japanese Peruvian man (ddr-csujad-33-29)
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A photograph of a Japanese Peruvian man. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 4. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_04_029
Japanese Peruvian man (ddr-csujad-33-148)
img Japanese Peruvian man (ddr-csujad-33-148)
Photographed is a Japanese Peruvian man sitting on the ground. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 25. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_25_147
Plantation (ddr-csujad-33-112)
img Plantation (ddr-csujad-33-112)
Photographed are trees in a plantation in Peru. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 19. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_19_111
Plantation (ddr-csujad-33-161)
img Plantation (ddr-csujad-33-161)
Photographed are trees in a plantation in Peru. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 26. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_26_160
Japanese Peruvian logger (ddr-csujad-33-136)
img Japanese Peruvian logger (ddr-csujad-33-136)
Photographed is a Japanese Peruvian logger. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 23. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_23_134
Aircraft (ddr-csujad-33-176)
img Aircraft (ddr-csujad-33-176)
Photographed is an aircraft parked in a field in Peru. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 28. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_28_177
Japanese Peruvian man on an aircraft (ddr-csujad-33-149)
img Japanese Peruvian man on an aircraft (ddr-csujad-33-149)
Photographed is a Japanese Peruvian man getting on an aircraft. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 25. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_25_148
Japanese Peruvian children (ddr-csujad-33-171)
img Japanese Peruvian children (ddr-csujad-33-171)
Photographed are two young Japanese Peruvian children. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 27. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_27_172
Japanese Peruvians with a car (ddr-csujad-33-70)
img Japanese Peruvians with a car (ddr-csujad-33-70)
Photographed are Japanese Peruvians and a car. It appears to be taken on a bridge. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 15. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_15_070
Trees (ddr-csujad-33-185)
img Trees (ddr-csujad-33-185)
Photographed are trees against the sky. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 29. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_29_186
Japanese Peruvian man (ddr-csujad-33-24)
img Japanese Peruvian man (ddr-csujad-33-24)
A portrait of a Japanese Peruvian man. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 4. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_04_024
Japanese Peruvians housing (ddr-csujad-33-167)
img Japanese Peruvians housing (ddr-csujad-33-167)
Photographed are buildings for Japanese Peruvian workers in a plantation. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 27. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_27_168
Japanese Peruvian family (ddr-csujad-33-37)
img Japanese Peruvian family (ddr-csujad-33-37)
A photograph of a Japanese Peruvian family. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 6. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_06_037
Aircraft wit a Disney character (ddr-csujad-33-87)
img Aircraft wit a Disney character (ddr-csujad-33-87)
Photographed is an aircraft painted with a Disney character. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 17. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_17_087
Elsa Kudo Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-388-7)
vh Elsa Kudo Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-388-7)
Vivid memories of the day of her father's arrest

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Elsa Kudo Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-388-10)
vh Elsa Kudo Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-388-10)
The journey by boat the U.S.: mother begs an American soldier for milk for her infant

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Elsa Kudo Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-388-6)
vh Elsa Kudo Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-388-6)
Father is arrested by the FBI during World War II

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Elsa Kudo Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-388-14)
vh Elsa Kudo Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-388-14)
Being labeled "illegal entry" by the U.S. government

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Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-263-12)
First hearing about the Japanese Peruvians

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Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-152-39)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-152-39)
Husband is denied redress as a Japanese Peruvian and begins to speak at public venues
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-152-40)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-152-40)
Decision to not accept the Japanese Peruvians' settlement, and, with others, sue the government for redress
Atsumi Ozawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-348-11)
vh Atsumi Ozawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-348-11)
Arrival in Crystal City: greeted by other Japanese Americans and Japanese Peruvians

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Atsumi Ozawa Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-348-7)
vh Atsumi Ozawa Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-348-7)
Father goes into hiding, fearing he is on a government "black list"

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