Economic losses

The economic and emotional toll associated with the uprooting of Japanese Americans from their homes and businesses was enormous. The cost was especially high for the issei (first-generation immigrants), who had worked most of their lives to establish financial security for themselves and their children. Many Japanese Americans bitterly recall being forced to sell property, personal belongings, and business equipment for a fraction of their value to opportunistic scavengers. Evacuees could take only what they could carry. They left behind heirlooms, cherished toys, and family pets. Farmers continued to work for a harvest they would never see, told it would be "disloyal" to stop. The bustling Nihonmachis (Japantowns) of the West Coast closed down and never fully recovered, even after the war ended.

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Signs announcing
img Signs announcing "evacuation" sale (ddr-csujad-7-4)
Signs announcing "evacuation" sale. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_JA_f04
Kou Uyemaruko (ddr-csujad-8-81)
doc Kou Uyemaruko (ddr-csujad-8-81)
Oral history interview with Kou Uyemaruko [Ko Uemaruko]. 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 Uyemaruko, Kou
Akiko Matsui (ddr-csujad-8-37)
doc Akiko Matsui (ddr-csujad-8-37)
Oral history interview with Akiko Matsui. 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 Matsui, Akiko
Jane Tomeko Sugimura (ddr-csujad-8-68)
doc Jane Tomeko Sugimura (ddr-csujad-8-68)
Oral history interview with Jane Tomeko Sugimura. 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 Sugimura, Jane Tomeko
Mrs. Toshi Uchiyama (ddr-csujad-8-79)
doc Mrs. Toshi Uchiyama (ddr-csujad-8-79)
Oral history interview with Mrs. Toshi Uchiyama. 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 Uchiyama, Mrs Toshi
Dr. Mae Takahashi and Mr. Yoshito Takahashi (ddr-csujad-8-72)
doc Dr. Mae Takahashi and Mr. Yoshito Takahashi (ddr-csujad-8-72)
Oral history interview with Dr. Mae Takahashi and Mr. Yoshio Takahashi. 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 Takahashi, Dr Mae and Mr Yoshito
Hatsu Mochizuki (ddr-csujad-8-92)
doc Hatsu Mochizuki (ddr-csujad-8-92)
Oral history interview with Hatsu Mochizuki. 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 Mochizuki, Hatsu
Shig Domoto (ddr-csujad-8-9)
doc Shig Domoto (ddr-csujad-8-9)
Oral history interview with Shig Domoto. 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 Domoto, Shig
Michio and June Toshiyuki (ddr-csujad-8-77)
doc Michio and June Toshiyuki (ddr-csujad-8-77)
Oral history interview with Michio and June Toshiyuki. 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 Toshiyuki, Michio and June
U.S. Department of Justice Form (ddr-csujad-29-18)
doc U.S. Department of Justice Form (ddr-csujad-29-18)
Form to Department of Justice. Claim for damage to or loss of real personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry. Ernest Yamada, applicant. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1949_M01
Oral history with Emi Yamaki (ddr-csujad-29-377)
av Oral history with Emi Yamaki (ddr-csujad-29-377)
An oral interview with Emi Yamaki. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0934. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1335_T01
An Oral History with John Yukio Mori (ddr-csujad-29-2)
av An Oral History with John Yukio Mori (ddr-csujad-29-2)
A Sansei and conscientious objector to the Vietnam war discusses alternate service as partner in Amerasia Bookstore, a nonprofit organization serving Los Angeles's Little Tokyo; activities in Young Buddhist Association; parent's reaction to his current life-style; and long term effect of World War II incarceration. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese Oral History Project …
An oral history with James Otsuka (ddr-csujad-29-53)
av An oral history with James Otsuka (ddr-csujad-29-53)
An oral interview with James Otsuka, Orange County resident. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0166. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3467_T01
An Oral History with Craig Kei Ihara (ddr-csujad-29-1)
av An Oral History with Craig Kei Ihara (ddr-csujad-29-1)
Oral history with Craig Kei Ihara, Sansei and California State University, Fullerton philosophy professor, born at the Rohwer incarceration camp, Arkansas discusses family history, focusing on religion, education, aspirations, and cultural heritage; and recent overnight stay at old Rohwer campsite. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project for the Center for …
List of Justice Department internment camp papers (ddr-densho-314-3)
doc List of Justice Department internment camp papers (ddr-densho-314-3)
This set of Justice Department papers include documents spanning from 1942-1945. The papers include a family welfare report of the Takanishis from the Red Cross, a petition for parole from internment and return to Hawaii, a letter concerning unblocking interned Japanese bank accounts, a CGRB review, and Kazuichi Takanishi's recommendation for return to Hawaii.
Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-75)
doc Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-75)
Request to use Kinuta Uno's radio and phonograph while he is incarcerated.
Agreement regarding the safekeeping of goods and equipment (ddr-densho-324-94)
doc Agreement regarding the safekeeping of goods and equipment (ddr-densho-324-94)
L.P. Shield will safeguard household goods and equipment left by the Prato Family.
Letter sent to Kayuko Uno at Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-324-70)
doc Letter sent to Kayuko Uno at Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-324-70)
Correspondence from Carl Prato regarding management of the Uno's farm while they were incarcerated.
License for the sale and transfer of goods (ddr-densho-324-12)
doc License for the sale and transfer of goods (ddr-densho-324-12)
Allows the Seattle-First National Bank to sell farm equipment, vehicles, and household furnishings for the Uno Family.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-10)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-10)
Correspondence regarding an inventory of possessions left behind, as well as for the sale of some large items.
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