Altered Lives, Enduring Community: Japanese Americans by Stephen S. Fugita, Marilyn Fernandez

By Stephen S. Fugita, Marilyn Fernandez

"Altered Lives, Enduring group" examines the long term results on jap american citizens in their international battle II reviews: compelled removing from their Pacific Coast houses, incarceration in desolate govt camps, and supreme resettlement. As a part of Seattle's Densho: jap American Legacy venture, the authors amassed interviews and survey information from jap americans now residing in King County, Washington, who have been imprisoned in the course of international battle II. Their clear-eyed, frequently poignant account offers the modern, post-redress views of former incarcerees on their stories and the results for his or her lifestyles direction. utilizing descriptive fabric that personalizes and contextualizes the knowledge, the authors convey how prewar socioeconomic networks and the explicit features of the incarceration adventure affected eastern American readjustment within the postwar period. subject matters explored contain the consequences of incarceration and resettlement on social relationships and group constitution, academic and occupational trajectories, marriage and childbearing, and armed forces carrier and draft resistance. the results of preliminary resettlement situation and non secular orientation also are tested.

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The specific and unique contribution that we hope to make is to illuminate how former incarcerees with differing amounts of capital, particularly financial, human, and social, reacted to and, most importantly, now remember their traumatic exclusion and incarceration some sixty years later. Some questions immediately come to mind. Among former incarcerees, is there still a great deal of suppressed anguish and anger, as was evident among those who testified during the redress hearings held in the early 198os?

2 3). The extensive interconnectedness among the japanese associations also made it possible for them to exercise a high degree of social control over community members in different geographic areas. A good example of this relates to the inherent difficulties that were a part of the so-called picture bride mechanism. This process, which was a natural extension of the practice of arranged marriages injapan, became common after the "gentlemen's agreement" of 1907-8 blocked male laborers from immigrating.

My mother] said that when she came, she was just eighteen, and didn't know how to cook, didn't even know how to cook rice. And what she would do, since she lived in Seattle in that Yesler area that she would go to the neighbors and watched the lady of the house cooking dinner, and then, she would go and purchase these items and then go home and try it. Whether they were Jewish people or Russian. 7 28 THE PRE-WORLD WAR 11 COMMUNITY As illustrated in the opening quote to this chapter by Nisei May Sasaki, not only did Issei parents have tight control over their children, but the family also generally worked synchronously with the community.

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