Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, March 6, 1946 [in Japanese]

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ddr-csujad-5-137 (CSUJAD Local ID: oki_01_59_001, CSUJAD Project ID: csudh_oki_0138)

CSU Dominguez Hills Okine Collection

A letter from Ayame Okine in Chicago, Illinois to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne, California. In the letter, she describes her new job, making women's leather purses. She packs merchandise into boxes for shipping, earning 65 cents per hour. At work, there are only 12 Japanese workers and other workers are all African Americans. She concludes that American people would be able to be nicer to the Japanese if not occupied by too many Japanese. She also writes about their Japanese friends that she unexpectedly reunites with in Chicago and updates of her husband, Makoto Okine, who is stationed in Japan and works as a truck driver for the U.S. Army. She also expresses her concerns about Hatsuno who is separated from her husband and left alone in California as well as her father-in-law's health condition. The arrival date of the letter, March 11, 1946, is recorded on the backside of the envelope. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_59_001




CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Archives and Special Collections

[Title of item], Okine Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

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