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
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, August 27, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-75)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, August 27, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-75)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which Weglyn writes about the death of her husband Walter and thanks Chin for his support. Weglyn also writes about her support for railroad and mine workers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_06_001
Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-10)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-10)
Renters of home in San Francisco steal and sell belongings

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Application for relocation assistance (ddr-densho-25-58)
doc Application for relocation assistance (ddr-densho-25-58)
This application for relocation assistance was filled out on February 15, 1946, by Mae Iseri, under her married name of Mae Yamada. The application lists herself and her two sons. They wished to relocate to Kent, Washington, and were granted $25.
Boarded-up store formerly run by Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-37-303)
img Boarded-up store formerly run by Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-37-303)
Original WRA caption: Stores and homes formerly inhabited by Japanese. Some of them are now used by Chinese people. Note boarded up windows and doors.
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.
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 98 (November 27, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-159)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 98 (November 27, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-159)
"Sabath Vows Support of Issei Rights" (p. 1), "Bias Noted in Chicago Cemeteries" (p. 1), "Claim Queries and Answers" (p. 1), "Community Basketball Season to Start Next Wed.,Dec. 1" (p. 3).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 101 (December 8, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-162)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 101 (December 8, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-162)
"Japanese in Tokyo Would Have to Pay 3,000 Yen for CARE Food Package" (p. 1), "Yothers of VFW Will Speak at Joint Rites on Saturday for Six Seattle War Heroes" (p. 1), "Claims Queries and Replies" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 47 (June 11, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-214)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 47 (June 11, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-214)
"House Unanimously Passes Resolution to Give "All' Right to U.S. Citizenship" (p. 1), "JACL ADC Seeks "Same Consideration' as Japanese for Okinawa People" (p. 1), "Solons Act on Two Appropriations Providing for Claims Processing" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 71 (September 6, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-240)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 71 (September 6, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-240)
"Korean Situation Hampers ADC Efforts to Win Boost in Claims Plan Budget" (p. 1), "Walter Bill OK by Truman Expected Soon" (p. 1), "ADC Releases Full Text of GI Bride Bill" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 70 (September 26, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-57)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 70 (September 26, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-57)
"Canadian Minister of Justice Ilsley Discloses Broadening of Terms of Reference on Japanese Evacuee Claims" (p. 1), "VFW Assists Vets Seeking Claims Data" (p. 1), "ADC to Enter Cases Linking Covenant Club" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 5 (January 17, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-266)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 5 (January 17, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-266)
"G.I. Brides Act Priority, Masaoka Says" (p. 1), "210 Claims Adjudicated during 1950, Justice Department Reports to ADC" (p. 1), "Takagi Re-Elected JACL President" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 89 (December 5, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-75)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 89 (December 5, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-75)
"Tom Hayashi Re-Elected Chairman of Eastern JACL District Council at Leadership Training Workshop" (p. 1), "JACL Joins Race Covenants Issue. Restrictive Measures Force Nisei Back Into "Little Tokyos', Brief Tells Court" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 51 (July 22, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-38)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 51 (July 22, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-38)
"Senate Passes Rider to Soldier Brides Act" (p. 1), "House to Debate One Hour on Evacuation Claims Bill" (p. 1), "Tables Deportation, Naturalization Measures" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 64 (September 5, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-51)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 64 (September 5, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-51)
"Sights U.S. Efforts to Revive Japan's Foreign Trade Hurtling Toward Economic Shoals, Political Storms" (p. 1), "Write to O.A.P. in Washington, D.C., To File Claims for Frozen Deposits" (p. 1), "Los Angeles Court to Test Legality of Law Banning Intermarriages" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 102 (December 11, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-163)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 102 (December 11, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-163)
"Nisei Seeks U.S. Rights, Files Suit" (p. 1), "Last Rites for Sgt. John Hashimoto Will be on Saturday, Dec. 18" (p. 1), "JACL Will Distribute Claims Forms Dec. 17" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 34 (April 27, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-201)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 34 (April 27, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-201)
"Jackson Council Notes 3rd Year" (p. 1), "Schmoe Plans "House for Hiroshima' in Protest against use of A-Bomb" (p. 1), "Evacuation Claims Queries, Replies" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 5 (January 13, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-79)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 5 (January 13, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-79)
"Alien Property Office Gives Further Data on Recovery of Pre-War Bank Deposits" (p. 1), "Canadian Japanese Losses May Hit $400,000, Winnipeg Reports" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 36 (May 4, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-203)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 36 (May 4, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-203)
"Religious, Civic Leaders Back Judd's Legislation, JACL Midwest Worker Says" (p. 1), "Evacuation Claims Queries, Replies" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 57 (July 16, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-224)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 57 (July 16, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-224)
"Justice Dept. to Set Up Field Office in L.A." (p. 1), "Here're Questions Which You Must Answer When You File Claims" (p. 1), "Rules Pertaining to Contraband Disclosed by Justice Department" (p. 4).
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