Arrest, searches, and seizures

Many Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) can vividly recall their fathers being hauled off by FBI agents to unidentified destinations for an unknown duration. Not surprisingly, anxiety and uncertainty spread quickly after Pearl Harbor. Many precious heirlooms were burned by families wanting to rid themselves of any connection to Japan. FBI agents raided Japanese American homes, confiscating short wave radios, cameras, and books. With the systematic removal of Issei (first-generation) leaders, the Nisei -- children and teenagers for the most part -- were abruptly asked to represent the larger group as well as their own families. They found themselves translating FBI and military orders for their parents and helping to keep family businesses going.

World War II (215)
Pearl Harbor and aftermath (118)
Arrest, searches, and seizures (346)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Custodial detention / A-B-C list, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rikita Honda, Terminal Island, California

346 items
Edwin (Ed) Sasaki oral history interview (ddr-csujad-9-1)
av Edwin (Ed) Sasaki oral history interview (ddr-csujad-9-1)
Oral history interview of Edwin (Ed) Sasaki, a professor of the Psychology Department, conducted by the Public History Institute at California State University, Bakersfield. Professor Sasaki was born in Sacramento, California, in November 1940 and grew up in Weiser, Idaho. He recollects his family's experiences during the World War II, being arrested as a suspect and …
Masao Okamura (ddr-csujad-8-57)
doc Masao Okamura (ddr-csujad-8-57)
Oral history interview with Masao Okamura. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Okamura, Masao
Akira Yokomi (ddr-csujad-8-85)
doc Akira Yokomi (ddr-csujad-8-85)
Oral history interview with Akira Yokomi. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Yokomi, Akira
George Masumi Sakai (ddr-csujad-8-95)
doc George Masumi Sakai (ddr-csujad-8-95)
Oral history interview with George Masumi Sakai. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Sakai, George Masumi
Dr. Akira Tajiri (ddr-csujad-8-71)
doc Dr. Akira Tajiri (ddr-csujad-8-71)
Oral history interview with Dr. Akira Tajiri. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Tajiri, Dr Akira
Frank Suzuki interview (ddr-csujad-6-29)
doc Frank Suzuki interview (ddr-csujad-6-29)
Oral history interview with Frank Suzuki. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_SUZUKI_FRANK
Izumi Taniguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-31)
doc Izumi Taniguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-31)
Oral history interview with Izumi Taniguchi. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TANIGUCHI_IZUMI
Momoyo Mizuki (ddr-csujad-8-91)
doc Momoyo Mizuki (ddr-csujad-8-91)
Oral history interview with Momoyo Mizuki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Mizuki, Momoyo
Naoichi Shohara (ddr-csujad-8-64)
doc Naoichi Shohara (ddr-csujad-8-64)
Oral history interview with Naoichi Shohara. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Shohara, Naoichi
Fred Hirasuna (ddr-csujad-8-88)
doc Fred Hirasuna (ddr-csujad-8-88)
Oral history interview with Fred Hirasuna. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Hirasuna, Fred
Mr. Kako Murosako (ddr-csujad-8-44)
doc Mr. Kako Murosako (ddr-csujad-8-44)
Oral history interview with Mr. Kako Murosako. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Murosako, Mr Kako
Nisei and Issei find that this is America (ddr-csujad-19-44)
doc Nisei and Issei find that this is America (ddr-csujad-19-44)
This is an article from the "Magazine of America," published on June 5, 1943, by Yoichi Matsuda which describes the life of the people of Japanese ancestry and their fear of the mob and the "FBI" after Japan executed a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Oral history with Amy Uno Ishii (ddr-csujad-29-379)
av Oral history with Amy Uno Ishii (ddr-csujad-29-379)
An oral interview with Amy Uno Ishii, a Nisei woman. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0938. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1342.2_T01
Man stacking confiscated radios (ddr-densho-36-31)
img Man stacking confiscated radios (ddr-densho-36-31)
Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were ordered by government officials to surrender their cameras and radios, ostensibly to prevent their use in treasonable activities. It is important to note that there are no documented cases of Japanese Americans taking part in such activities.
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