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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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 65, No. 15 (October 13, 1967) (ddr-pc-39-42)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 65, No. 15 (October 13, 1967) (ddr-pc-39-42)
Selected article titles: "Radio showman suggests use of 'Jappish'" (p. 1), "Statistics show Japanese immigrants in Hawaii of 19th century with high 'expected' death rate" (p. 1), "War relocation leave credit authorized for Cal employees" (p. 1), "100 JACLers poised for Japan tour, departing tomorrow in two sections" (p. 1), "Sao Paulo's 'La Libertad' district ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2069 (November 16, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-45)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2069 (November 16, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-45)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Know 'First Hand' Agonies of Hostages in Iran" (p. 1), "NHK 'Story of America' Tells Drama of Issei-Nisei-Sansei" (p. 1), "A Background Report: Japan-U.S. Friendship Act: Continued from Last Week" (p. 4), and "YE Editor's Desk: Mexican Nikkei" (p. 4).
Students in front of school building (ddr-densho-91-7)
img Students in front of school building (ddr-densho-91-7)
Back row, fourth from left is Emiko, a Japanese American Nisei, who volunteered to teach English. All the other students are Japanese Peruvians. Art Shibayama is in the front row, fourth from left.
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 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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vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-263-12)
First hearing about the Japanese Peruvians

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Art Shibayama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-151-15)
vh Art Shibayama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-151-15)
Relationship between the Japanese Peruvians and Japanese Americans in camp
Art Shibayama Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-151-8)
vh Art Shibayama Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-151-8)
Grandparents deported to Peru after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; rest of family taken away by ship
Art Shibayama Interview Segment 44 (ddr-densho-1000-151-44)
vh Art Shibayama Interview Segment 44 (ddr-densho-1000-151-44)
Talking with congresspeople in Washington, D.C.; rejecting the U.S. government's settlement amount
Art Shibayama Interview Segment 43 (ddr-densho-1000-151-43)
vh Art Shibayama Interview Segment 43 (ddr-densho-1000-151-43)
Involvement in the Campaign for Justice, an effort to obtain redress for Japanese Latin Americans
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 5 (July 30, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-31)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 5 (July 30, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-31)
Selected article titles: "President Johnson Lauds Work of Rep. Mink on Education Bill" (p.1), "First Nisei Combat Naval Pilot Decorated with Air Medal for North Vietnam Bombing" (p.1), "Happy Ending for Six Japanese-American War Orphans Enroute to Brazil Realized" (p.1), "Immigration Bill Reported" (p.2), "Most Negroes in Hawaii Conscious of their Racial ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 8 (August 20, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 8 (August 20, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-34)
Selected article titles: "Los Angeles Riot Heaps Nisei Business with $1 Million Loss" (p.1), "Orange County Nisei Protest Filming of Nisei Traitor Story" (p.1, 3), "Agenda for Youth Delegates Announced" (p.1), "House Immigration Bill" (p.2), "History Project: Issei Innkeepers of Seattle" (p.3, 5), "Nisei Progress in Brazil Recorded" (p.3), "Open ...
Pacific citizen, Vol. 77, No. 23, (December 7, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-48)
doc Pacific citizen, Vol. 77, No. 23, (December 7, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-48)
Select article titles: "U.S. Judge Rules 3-1 Ration for S.F. Police Dept." (p.1); "Calif. Legislature: Reappointment Settled" (p.1); "'Gambare!', Bannai Urges Nisei" (p.1); "Returned Land from U.S. Military in Japan to Be Converted into Parks" (p.5); "Geologist Says Japan Emerged from North Coast" (p.6).
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