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Letter written by an Issei man (ddr-densho-25-70)
doc Letter written by an Issei man (ddr-densho-25-70)
Matahichi Iseri had been imprisoned in Fort Missoula, Montana, a Department of Justice internment camp for "enemy aliens," since shortly after December 7, 1941. He sometimes wrote letters in his native Japanese, which were read and censored by interpreters and officials from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service Confidential Abstract of Consolidated File Page 2 (ddr-one-5-150)
doc U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service Confidential Abstract of Consolidated File Page 2 (ddr-one-5-150)
Photocopy of a declassified form dated January 27, 1942 with biographical information on Keizaburo Koyama and his life in the United States. This page contains questions 9 - 15. This page does note that there is "No Apparent grounds for deportation."
U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service Confidential Abstract of Consolidated File Page 1 (ddr-one-5-149)
doc U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service Confidential Abstract of Consolidated File Page 1 (ddr-one-5-149)
Photocopy of a declassified form dated January 27, 1942 with biographical information on Keizaburo Koyama and his life in the United States. This page contains questions 1 - 8.
Letter from Ai Chih Tsai to U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service, Chicago (ddr-densho-446-221)
doc Letter from Ai Chih Tsai to U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service, Chicago (ddr-densho-446-221)
Response to letter dated May 28, 1946. First entry to US on Sept 1, 1938, as student on Taiyo Maru at San Francisco. Most recent entry to US on Dec 17, 1945, on SS General Freeman at Seattle after USSBS. Will leave US on June 12 on USS Marine Lynx for 1-year mission with UNRRA.
Typed and notarized letter from Teru Koyama to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 5 of 13. (ddr-one-5-232)
doc Typed and notarized letter from Teru Koyama to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 5 of 13. (ddr-one-5-232)
Photocopy of a typed letter from Teru Koyama to Edward J. Ennis concerning the rehearing of Keizaburo Koyama's case. Mrs. Koyama details the efforts she and others have made on behalf of her husband. While her husband was incarcerated at Camp Livingston, Louisiana, Mrs. Koyama submitted numerous documents pertaining to her husband's educational history in the …
Letter from Edward J. Ennis to Ai Thich Tsai (ddr-densho-446-116)
doc Letter from Edward J. Ennis to Ai Thich Tsai (ddr-densho-446-116)
Acknowledges request for assistance in changing alien status. U.S. law offers no way to do this except by complying with naturalization statutes. Recommends contacting Immigration and Naturalization Services Department in Philadelphia.
Letter from Ryo Tsai to Robert Cashman (ddr-densho-446-284)
doc Letter from Ryo Tsai to Robert Cashman (ddr-densho-446-284)
Situation is more complicated. Mixed information about next steps. Ai Chih Tsai will work with Shanghai Consulate and Ryo (Morikawa) Tsai will work with Immigration and Naturalization Service in Philadelphia. Ryo is trying to find Ai Chih a job through working with the Reverends Kikuchi, Ogawa, and Chapman (Presbyterian office in San Francisco)
Letter regarding release from Seabrook Farms (ddr-densho-254-4)
doc Letter regarding release from Seabrook Farms (ddr-densho-254-4)
Letter from the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Services informing Senichiro Takeda that he is released to the custody of Wayne M. Collins.
Order from Attorney General Francis Biddle on the internment of Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-227)
doc Order from Attorney General Francis Biddle on the internment of Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-227)
Photocopy of a declassified order from U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle vacating the prior order concerning the internment of Keizaburo Koyama on February 28, 1942. Biddle further orders that Koyama be paroled to the custody of the District Parole Officer for the District in which the appropriate War Relocation Center is located. A condition of Koyama's …
Letter from Ryo Tsai to Stan Olson (ddr-densho-446-227)
doc Letter from Ryo Tsai to Stan Olson (ddr-densho-446-227)
Ai Chih Tsai is in China with UNRRA. He left US on June 13, 1946. His Chinese citizenship was granted May 1946.
Letter from Robert Cashman to Ryo Tsai (ddr-densho-446-293)
doc Letter from Robert Cashman to Ryo Tsai (ddr-densho-446-293)
Employment offer from Chicago Theological Seminary is bona fide and offered in good faith to satisfy immigration requirements, though Cashman has it in mind that Ai Chih Tsai may not accept it. All is well in Chicago.
Letter from Graham Sinclair to Mr. F. P. Clement (ddr-densho-446-232)
doc Letter from Graham Sinclair to Mr. F. P. Clement (ddr-densho-446-232)
Regarding Ai Chih Tsai's status to reenter U.S.: see Cable WACO-5689
United States Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service Office of District Director, Seattle, Washington, Report of Enemy Alien (ddr-one-5-251)
doc United States Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service Office of District Director, Seattle, Washington, Report of Enemy Alien (ddr-one-5-251)
Photocopy of a declassified report on the status of Keizaburo Koyama. The report notes that Koyama is moving from the Minidoka War Relocation Project in Hunt, Idaho to 3615 B Cottonwood, Apartment 9918 in Vanport, Oregon. His status is still listed as parolee. The form lists his occupation at the time of arrest as "farm laborer," …

Narrator Atami Ueno

Nisei female. Born March 27, 1927, in Ola'a, Hawaii. Grew up in Ola'a until family moved to Hawaii just before World War II. Attended high school and college during in Japan and then had to work a factory to support the war effort. Witnessed the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Worked for the military government in Japan, …
Immigrant inspection card (ddr-densho-23-12)
doc Immigrant inspection card (ddr-densho-23-12)
Immigrants were required by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to carry an inspection card. During their voyage from Japan, Issei were checked daily to ensure that they were not carrying communicable diseases (see bottom portion of first page). Information from the card indicates that the steamship voyage from Japan took approximately eighteen days. This card belonged …
Memo regarding living conditions at family internment camp (ddr-densho-356-982)
doc Memo regarding living conditions at family internment camp (ddr-densho-356-982)
Memo from E.M. Rowalt to all Project Directors regarding the living conditions at Family Internment Camp run by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The memo recommends advising applicants for family reunification at a INS camp of how many items they are allowed to bring with them, that the housing units are small, and teenaged children may …
Letter from Lt. Col. Merillat Moses to Joseph Savoretti (ddr-densho-446-121)
doc Letter from Lt. Col. Merillat Moses to Joseph Savoretti (ddr-densho-446-121)
Requests advice on the next steps Tsai should take. Also requests the return of the correspondence Tsai sent.
Kazuichi Takanishi Collection (ddr-densho-314)
Collection Kazuichi Takanishi Collection (ddr-densho-314)
The Kazuichi Takanishi Collection is comprised of government documents the family gained through the Freedom of Information Act. The documents detail Takanishi's arrest after Pearl Harbor, his interragation, internment, parole to Chicago, Illinois, and return to Hawaii after the war ended.
Letter from the Lemuel B. Schofield, Special Assistant to the Attorney General to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, April 28, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-1333)
doc Letter from the Lemuel B. Schofield, Special Assistant to the Attorney General to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, April 28, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-1333)
Correspondence from Lemuel B. Schofield to the Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding "instructions concerning the treatment of enemy alien detainees." Covers humane treatment, quarters, sanitation, exercise and fresh air, food, clothing, bedding, canteens, work, recreation, religious service, visitors, internal relations, censorship, money and valuables, discipline, medical care, civil processes, death and burial, and posting of the …
Letter from Seido Ogawa to Ryo Tsai (ddr-densho-446-297)
doc Letter from Seido Ogawa to Ryo Tsai (ddr-densho-446-297)
International Institute contacted Ogawa with 3 questions about Ai Chih Tsai situation. Invitation for Ryo (Morikawa) Tsai to visit Los Angeles to discuss the matter with Miss Leung and Miss Durward of International Institute

Narrator Rae Takekawa

Sansei female. Born August 27, 1927, in Bellevue, Washington. Raised on the family farm in Bellevue, Washington, prior to World War II. Was incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Was released early to harvest sugar beets in Chinook, Montana. At the onset of World War II, her father was …
Article about Toyozo Doi (ddr-njpa-5-468)
doc Article about Toyozo Doi (ddr-njpa-5-468)
Caption on newspaper clipping: "Big Isle Issei Pioneer Honored: Joseph Sureck, director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Honolulu, is shown presenting The Hawaii Times trophy to Toyozo Doi, 90, of Pauhau, Hawaii, for being the Japanese Issei pioneer with the longest residence on the Island of Hawaii. The father of Masato Doi, Honolulu …
Letter from Joseph Savoretti to Lt. Col. Merillat Moses (ddr-densho-446-120)
doc Letter from Joseph Savoretti to Lt. Col. Merillat Moses (ddr-densho-446-120)
Acknowledgement of receipt of letter from June 21. Department of Justice has discontinued practice of amending registration records and cannot consider Tsai's request.
Notice of Hearing from the Department of Justice, District of Oregon, Portland for Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-111)
doc Notice of Hearing from the Department of Justice, District of Oregon, Portland for Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-111)
Photocopy of a declassified document from the Department of Justice, Alien Enemy Hearing Board, on the detention of Keizaburo Koyama. The notice tells Koyama that he will go before the Board at the Courts Martial Room, at the Immigration and Naturalization Service Detention Station at Fort Missoula, Montana on February 2, 1942 at 3:30 o'clock. He …
Rae Takekawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-89)
vh Rae Takekawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-89)
Sansei female. Born August 27, 1927, in Bellevue, Washington. Raised on the family farm in Bellevue, Washington, prior to World War II. Was incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Was released early to harvest sugar beets in Chinook, Montana. At the onset of World War II, her father was …
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