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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Japanese-owned farm recently sold (ddr-densho-151-121)
img Japanese-owned farm recently sold (ddr-densho-151-121)
Original caption: Near Centerville, Alameda County, California. Japanese berry farm transferred to a Yugoslavian in United States since 1913.
Japanese American selling possessions (ddr-densho-151-275)
img Japanese American selling possessions (ddr-densho-151-275)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Scene in the Japanese American Citizens League local office. This office is assisting the farmers of Japanese ancestry in this district to arrange their affairs for evacuation and to keep them posted on events. Harry Konda, officer of the league, is disposing of a washing machine to a local Mexican farm laborer's …
Letter from Frank Nedbal to Tomoye Takahashi (ddr-densho-410-73)
doc Letter from Frank Nedbal to Tomoye Takahashi (ddr-densho-410-73)
Concerning management of Nozawa family laundry in San Francisco, and pending lawsuit. Frank Nedbal appears to have been overseeing the business while the Nozawa family was incarcerated.
Letter from Tomoye Takahashi to Henri Takahashi (ddr-densho-410-428)
doc Letter from Tomoye Takahashi to Henri Takahashi (ddr-densho-410-428)
Updates on the pregnancy, her father's plans, camp rumors that the 442nd was planning to volunteer to fight the Japanese, possibility of accessing Henri's frozen bank account
Letter from Office of Price Administration to Tomoye Takahashi (ddr-densho-410-574)
doc Letter from Office of Price Administration to Tomoye Takahashi (ddr-densho-410-574)
Notifying her of required rent decrease for property on Arguello Blvd as part of war-time rent controls in Rental Defense Areas
Letter from Tomoye Takahashi to Henri Takahashi (ddr-densho-410-403)
doc Letter from Tomoye Takahashi to Henri Takahashi (ddr-densho-410-403)
Information about how to reclaim property, what needs to be done at the San Francisco house, and news of camp life. Note on back of envelope about viewing another house in San Francisco
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