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By Stephen S. Fugita, Marilyn Fernandez

"Altered Lives, Enduring group" examines the long term results on jap americans in their global conflict II reports: pressured elimination from their Pacific Coast houses, incarceration in desolate executive camps, and supreme resettlement. As a part of Seattle's Densho: eastern American Legacy undertaking, the authors amassed interviews and survey information from eastern 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 reviews and the implications for his or her existence direction. utilizing descriptive fabric that personalizes and contextualizes the knowledge, the authors express how prewar socioeconomic networks and the categorical features of the incarceration event affected jap American readjustment within the postwar period. issues explored comprise the consequences of incarceration and resettlement on social relationships and group constitution, academic and occupational trajectories, marriage and childbearing, and armed forces provider and draft resistance. the results of preliminary resettlement position and non secular orientation also are tested.

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In many families with older Nisei, "bottledup" tension between the two generations occasionally threatened to burst out. The following recollection by Sone (1979, 148) may have been typical. Discussion of politics, especially japan versus America, had become taboo in our family for it sent tempers skyrocketing. Henry and I used to criticize japan's aggressions in China and Manchuria while Father and Mother condemned Great Britain and America's superior attitude toward Asiatics and their interference with Japan's economic growth.

In Seattle, the Japanese Association of Washington State was founded in 1900. That year. the first problem it dealt with was a boycott against Western-style Japanese restaurants, one that it successfully mediated. Not surprisingly, internal economic and other rivalries often surfaced and. in 19 I 0, a faction split off and formed the Seattle Japanese Association. The two associations reunited in 1912. In 1913, ten Japanese Associations in the Pacific Northwest joined the Seattle organization, and in 1915, the group grew to encompass fifteen regional associations.

4 years. Their ages ranged from 5 to 35. Twenty-one percent were children between the ages of 5 and I I years at the time of their exclusion. 4. 7 181 When married? 8 184 bracket of 12 to 17 years, although only by a small margin. 7%) was in the college-age group, ranging from 18 to 22 years of age. 0% of the sample. Thus, the survey respondents were fairly evenly spread across these four designated life-stage brackets. Our sample's mean age is similar to the median age of 17 years that Thomas (1952, 19) reported for Nisei in all ten of the War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps in 1942.

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