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.

Economic losses (231)

231 items
Japanese American boarding up store (ddr-densho-151-93)
img Japanese American boarding up store (ddr-densho-151-93)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. With the the owner scheduled to be evacuated, a store front is boarded on Post Street, San Francisco, California.
Goods for sale in Japantown (ddr-densho-151-233)
img Goods for sale in Japantown (ddr-densho-151-233)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. A common sight on the streets of the Japanese quarter of the city prior to evacuation.
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.
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.
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 63 (August 6, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-230)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 63 (August 6, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-230)
"Local JACL Offers Assistance in Processing of Loss Claims" (p. 1), "Visitors to Nippon May Extend Stay 60 Days Under New Ruling" (p. 1), "Discrimination Hit by Rev. Briggs in Senate Hearing" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 62 (August 3, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-229)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 62 (August 3, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-229)
"Local JACL to Aid Claimants" (p. 1), "Inequality in Naturalization Laws Pointed Out by Senator Magnuson" (p. 1), "Claims Office for Seattle Indefinite Yet" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 64 (August 10, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-231)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 64 (August 10, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-231)
"File Your Evacuation Losses Claims; JACL Open Night Tonight" (p. 1), "Job of Crushing Zaibatsu Ended; Board Dissolved" (p. 1), "Last Minute Senate Action Sought on Judd Bill or Walter Resolution" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 3 (January 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-2)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 3 (January 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-2)
"U.S. Court Hears Status of 5,500 Nisei" (p. 1), "Seeks Passage of Claims Bill" (p. 1), "M.I.S. Grads Total 2,675 in Monterey" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 43 (May 19, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-111)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 43 (May 19, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-111)
"Two Congressmen Point Out Wrong of Racial Bias against Minorities; Cite Plight of Japanese Americans" (p. 1), "Senate OK's Citizenship for War Vets" (p. 1), "Endorsements of Evacuation Claims Bills Now Urged by JACL-ADC in D.C.; Hearings Scheduled to Start Friday" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 28 (April 6, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-195)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 28 (April 6, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-195)
"Ex-Seattleite, Now Spokane Farmer Heads for Japan via Airplane" (p. 1), "Evacuation Claims Queries, Replies" (p. 1), ""Army Day' in Our City to be Saturday, April 9; Military Display Booked" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 78 (September 30, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-247)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 78 (September 30, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-247)
"Confusion Reigns in the Nation's Capitol After House, By a Whopping Majority, Votes to Override Vetoed Walter Bill" (p. 1), "Congress Amends Trading Act" (p. 1), "Volunteer Solicitors Cover District in Annual Community Chest Campaign; Our Goal This Year Will be $9,100" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 78 (September 18, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-140)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 78 (September 18, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-140)
"Evangelical, Reformed Church Supports End of Racial Bias in Present Immigration Laws" (p. 1), "Laws Favoring Japanese OK'd" (p. 1),
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 77 (September 27, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-246)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 77 (September 27, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-246)
"Soldier Brides Bill Passage Places ADC in Unwanted Role of Lonely Hearts Club" (p. 1), "Claims Payments Expected Soon" (p. 1), "McCarran Ignores Veto of Walter Bill, Assures Solon of New Legislation" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 47 (June 2, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-115)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 47 (June 2, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-115)
"Flood Hits 104 Japanese Families in Vanport City" (p. 1), "JACL-ADC Points to Early Action on Evacuation Claims Measure" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 61 (August 26, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-48)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 61 (August 26, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-48)
"Fight Sale of Farm Property Owned by Nisei Now in Japan" (p. 1), "Japan Renews Struggle for Birth Control" (p. 1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 9 (March 2, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 9 (March 2, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-9)
Selected article titles: "Lane-Hillings evacuation claims bill slated for Mar. 5 consent calendar" (p. 1), "Newsweek Backs Nisei Loyalty, Regrets Letter" (p. 1), "Self-sacrifice of Marysville JACLers during flood emergency lauded as finest page in JACL history written by a chapter" (p. 2), "Hollywood CL aids Shonien with $104" (p. 3), "Cincinnati Mayor Charles Taft to ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 14 (April 6, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-14)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 14 (April 6, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-14)
Selected article titles: "Jr JACL program adopted for 14th national convention" (p. 1), "Picture-bride practice reversed as eight Nisei fly to Japan to be married" (p. 1), "Escheat case fight on appeal; JACL to sign amicus brief" (p. 1), "Justice Dep't orders certain claims to be heard by examiner" (p. 1), "Hilo Nisei doctor at Oak ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 24 (June 15, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-24)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 24 (June 15, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-24)
Selected article titles: "Claims bill ready for consideration on Senate floor within two weeks" (p. 1), 'Alien Land Law Repeal Measure Set as Prop. 13" (p. 1), "Nat'l JACL Director Satow visits Nation's capital, visits with California congressmen" (p. 1), "Reveal identity of Nisei meeting housing bias in SF area as Richmond-El Cerrito CLer" (p. 1), ...
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-12-33)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-12-33)
Packing for camp, and trying to protect farm assets; property loss and damage
Art Abe Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-206-16)
vh Art Abe Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-206-16)
Preparing for mass removal: selling the family's grocery store
Mutsu Homma Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-24-19)
vh Mutsu Homma Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-24-19)
Preparing for mass removal: forced to sell belongings, a piano for $25
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 17 (April 23, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-17)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 17 (April 23, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-17)
Selected article titles: "Alan Kumamoto Designated National JACL Youth Director" (p.1), "U.S. Agrees to Pay Nisei Family for Personal Effects Lost in Dec. 7 Bombing" (p.1), "2 Issei Chosen for Garden Hall of Fame" (p.1), "Bitter Young Republicans Get Their Comeuppance" (p.2).
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
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, September 5, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-78)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, September 5, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-78)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which she writes about doing research for the Yoshida railroad workers case. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_06_004
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