Dealing with Japanese-Americans by John F. Embree, Documents Section, Office of Reports

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Short report from WRA Documents Section leader John F. Embree on recommended attitudes, suggestions, and practices while interacting with incarcerated Japanese Americans. According to Embree, race is hereditary while culture is acquired, and Caucasians should refrain from making stereotypical images of "Japanese types." Embree describes the differences in culture and attitudes including questions of loyalty between Issei, Nisei, and Kibei individuals. He recommends using a "go-between" to facilitate conversation among the older Issei men in the community when it comes to policies and procedures according to Japanese cultural norms at the time as well as utilizing the Project Director to frequently communicate with the community leaders. Special attention is directed to "evacuee attitudes" where the author recommends fostering understanding and communication with Nisei in order for them not to succumb to "anti American attitudes." A letter from Dillon S. Myer, Director, to WRA staff is attached. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9940. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0940


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