Social and recreational activities

Despite deplorable living conditions at the "assembly centers," camp inmates tried to make the best of it by organizing various social and recreational activities. Japanese Americans participated in dances and musical groups; sports and gardening were also popular.

World War II (215)
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Social and recreational activities (89)

89 items
Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Yoneko Takano, June 1942, English translation (ddr-csujad-42-51)
doc Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Yoneko Takano, June 1942, English translation (ddr-csujad-42-51)
English translation of the letter: csudh_tak_0050. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_28_001_eng
Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Yoneko Takano, June 1942, Japanese typescript (ddr-csujad-42-52)
doc Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Yoneko Takano, June 1942, Japanese typescript (ddr-csujad-42-52)
Japanese typescript of the letter: csudh_tak_0050. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_28_001_jpn
Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, July 13, 1942, English translation (ddr-csujad-42-54)
doc Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, July 13, 1942, English translation (ddr-csujad-42-54)
English translation of the letter: csudh_tak_0053. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_29_001_eng
Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Yoneko Takano, June, 1942 (ddr-csujad-42-50)
doc Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Yoneko Takano, June, 1942 (ddr-csujad-42-50)
A letter from Tsuruno Meguro in the Pomona Assembly Center to her daughter, Yoneko Takano in the Santa Anita Assembly Center. In the letter, Tsuruno describes the lives and conditions in the camp, including the hot weather, classes and entertainment, church, allowance and wages, and other incarcerees who she met in the camp. She writes about …
Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, July 13, 1942, typescript (ddr-csujad-42-55)
doc Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, July 13, 1942, typescript (ddr-csujad-42-55)
Japanese typescript of the letter: csudh_tak_0053. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_29_001_jpn
Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, July 13, 1942 (ddr-csujad-42-53)
doc Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, July 13, 1942 (ddr-csujad-42-53)
A letter from Tsuruno Meguro in the Pomona Assembly Center to her son-in-law and daughter, Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano in the Santa Anita Assembly Center. In the letter, she describes the lives in the assembly center, including her daily routine. English translation is found in item: csudh_tak_0054. Typescript is found in item: csudh_tak_0055. See this …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 38 (July 29, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1270)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 38 (July 29, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1270)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, departure for incarceration camps, social events, nisei soldiers, an editorial on the right to vote, and the features ""Win, Place, and Show"", ""Post Time"", ""Story of the Week"", and ""Feminine Forum."" See …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 39 (September 2, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1271)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 39 (September 2, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1271)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, departure for incarceration camps, funerals, Heart Mountain housing, transfer regulations, an editorial on letters in the Arkansas Gazette, and the features ""Win, Place, and Show"", ""Post Time"", and ""Feminine Forum."" See this …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 31 (August 1, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1263)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 31 (August 1, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1263)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, coupons, regulations, model airplane contest, clothing allowances, an editorial on race-baiting, and the features "Win, Place, and Show" and "Story of the Week." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 19 (June 19, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1251)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 19 (June 19, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1251)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, grievances of camouflage net workers, paychecks, Father's Day events, parent-teacher association, "visitor house," an editorial on New York nisei, and the feature "Win, Place, and Show." See this object in the California …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 34 (August 15, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1266)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 34 (August 15, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1266)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, Gene W. Wilbur, a barber shop, nurses, paychecks, Yeiki Matsui, and the features "Win, Place, and Show", "Post Time", "Story of the Week", and "Feminine Forum." See this object in the California …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 9 (May 19, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1241)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 9 (May 19, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1241)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, special diets, boy scouts, an auto collision, "I am an American day," adult English classes, fire drills, and the feature "Win, Place, and Show." See this object in the California State Universities …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 3 (April 28, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1235)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 3 (April 28, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1235)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, postal services, registration, and camp facilities. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1237
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 2 (April 24, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1234)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 2 (April 24, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1234)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, draft registration, job assignments, sports, typhoid inoculation, change of address, classes, and clubs. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1236
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 42 (September 12, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1272)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 42 (September 12, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1272)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services sports, departure for Rohwer incarceration camp, WRA aid, Grandstand closure, autograph books, and the features "Win, Place, and Show", "Story of the Week", "Post Time", and ""Feminine Forum." See this object in the …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 44 (September 19, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1273)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 44 (September 19, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1273)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, departure for the Granada and Rohwer incarceration camps, baggage checks and inspection, and the features "Win, Place, and Show", "Story of the Week", "Post Time", and ""Feminine Forum." See this object in …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 11 (May 26, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1243)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 11 (May 26, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1243)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, elections, voter registration, coupons, blackout, library, obituary, camp facilities, and the feature "Win, Place, and Show." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1245
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 24 (July 8, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1256)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 24 (July 8, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1256)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, a ban on Japanese literature, food rules, an editorial on the art of Isamu Noguchi, and the feature "Win, Place, and Show." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 15 (June 6, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1247)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 15 (June 6, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1247)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, elections, immunizations, handicrafts, election runners-up, camp news, and the feature "Win, Place, and Show." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1249
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 14 (June 3, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1246)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 14 (June 3, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1246)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, elections, nominees, an editorial on democracy, and the feature ""Win, Place, and Show."" See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1248
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 6 (May 8, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1238)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 6 (May 8, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1238)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, mother's day, population at the center, milk station, and bedding equipment, and the feature "Win, Place, and Show." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1240
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 49 (October 5, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1274)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 49 (October 5, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1274)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, departure for Rohwer incarceration camp, "Relocation Vignettes," the Santa Anita Supply and Warehouse and Finance divisions, and the features "Feminine Forum" and "Win, Place, and Show." See this object in the California …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 32 (August 8, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1264)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 32 (August 8, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1264)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, absentee ballots, shoe repair, farming, work regulations, infectious diseases, Ichijiro Yoshida, an editorial on rumors, and the features "Win, Place, and Show", "Post Time", and "Feminine Forum." See this object in the …
Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 5 (May 5, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1237)
doc Santa Anita pacemaker, vol. 1, no. 5 (May 5, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1237)
Biweekly newspaper published at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from April through October 1942. Current issue includes information on recreational activities, religious services, sports, boy scouts, a surgical procedure, population at the center, and the feature "Win, Place, and Show." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1239
Some of the first arrivals to the assembly center at Tanforan Race Track, near San Francisco in 1942 (ddr-csujad-52-4)
img Some of the first arrivals to the assembly center at Tanforan Race Track, near San Francisco in 1942 (ddr-csujad-52-4)
A LaserPhoto copy of an Associated Press image, taken in 1942, shared in 1981. Caption on photo reads "These were among the first Japanese to be moved into the newly built assembly center at Tranforan Race Track, near San Francisco in 1942. The people here were watching a horse race at the track." A message from …
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