By Stephen S. Fugita, Marilyn Fernandez

"Altered Lives, Enduring neighborhood" examines the long term results on eastern american citizens in their international conflict II studies: pressured elimination from their Pacific Coast houses, incarceration in desolate govt camps, and supreme resettlement. As a part of Seattle's Densho: eastern American Legacy undertaking, the authors accumulated interviews and survey information from jap american citizens now residing in King County, Washington, who have been imprisoned in the course of global struggle II. Their clear-eyed, usually poignant account provides the modern, post-redress views of former incarcerees on their stories and the implications for his or her lifestyles direction. utilizing descriptive fabric that personalizes and contextualizes the knowledge, the authors exhibit how prewar socioeconomic networks and the categorical features of the incarceration adventure affected eastern American readjustment within the postwar period. issues explored contain the consequences of incarceration and resettlement on social relationships and neighborhood constitution, academic and occupational trajectories, marriage and childbearing, and armed forces carrier and draft resistance. the implications of preliminary resettlement place and spiritual orientation also are tested.

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Almost half of high-schoolaged males and a quarter of the females said that they planned to attend college before the war. Further. 40 percent intended to enter the professions. Although it must have been very unclear to them what the future might hold, the Nisei were hopeful. Of course, not all were able to achieve their dreams. What resources and situations helped those who eventually achieved or exceeded their dreams, and what factors were responsible for frustrating others in their attempts to do so?

0% leased or sharecropped while 6. iYo owned a farm. The impact of the Alien Land Law can be seen in the greater proportion of Nisei who owned as opposed to leased/sharecropped land compared with the Issei, who were much more senior. Ownership of property. A more general question about prewar property ownership involved whether the respondent's family owned their own house. farm. or other property. 2% answered negatively. Again, the Alien Land Law, no doubt, suppressed ownership. Densho Respondents at the Time of Their Incarceration Several of our survey items assessed the human, social, and financial capital of our respondents at the time they were incarcerated.

But the majority reluctantly concluded that even though they would never be able to become first-class citizens, at least their maturing, Nisei children would be able to do so. In 1920, Nisei were about onequarter of Seattle's 7,874 Japanese population. By 1930, nearly half of the Japanese population of 8,448 was American born (Takami 1998, 32). Kibei. A sometimes overlooked but unique group of Nisei were the Kibei. They were Nisei who were sent to Japan for a significant proportion of their education but ultimately returned to the United States.

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