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By Stephen S. Fugita, Marilyn Fernandez

"Altered Lives, Enduring neighborhood" examines the long term results on eastern americans in their international struggle II studies: compelled elimination from their Pacific Coast houses, incarceration in desolate govt camps, and supreme resettlement. As a part of Seattle's Densho: jap American Legacy undertaking, the authors accumulated interviews and survey info from eastern american citizens now dwelling in King County, Washington, who have been imprisoned in the course of international warfare II. Their clear-eyed, usually poignant account provides 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 exhibit how prewar socioeconomic networks and the categorical features of the incarceration adventure affected eastern American readjustment within the postwar period. themes explored comprise the results of incarceration and resettlement on social relationships and group constitution, academic and occupational trajectories, marriage and childbearing, and army carrier and draft resistance. the implications of preliminary resettlement place and spiritual orientation also are tested.

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Were emerging in California, a decision was made to form a national organization, the National Council of the Japanese American Citizens League, at a meeting in San Francisco in 1929. Because of Sakamoto's and his friends' leadership, the first national convention of the JACL was held in Seattle in 1930. One of Sakamoto's boyhood friends, Clarence Arai, became the first national JACL president. Sakamoto himself was elected president of the Seattle chapter in 193 I and went on to become the national president from 1936 to 1938.

Seichi Hayashida, denshovh-hseichi-o 1-0005) The outbreak of World War I brought many white workers to Seattle's shipbuilding industry. These laborers needed the services, such as workingclass hotels and restaurants, that the Japanese small businesses provided. By the 1930s, 46 percent of the Japanese in Seattle were entrepreneurs in the trades or services, and another 25 percent were direcdy dependent upon them. See table 2. I for a listing of the large number and variety of Japanese businesses in the city in 1935.

5%). 9%, was a distant second with respect to the occupation of the fathers of the Nisei respondents. 7%, combined executive. administrative, and managerial jobs such as hotel managers and railroad and cannery foremen. THE PRE-WORLD WAR II COMMUNITY Owned vs. leased/sharecropped farm operations. Of those families working in farming. 0%). One and seven-tenths percent of those in agriculture had Issei parents who were farm laborers. 3% of the immigrant generation were in some other aspect of agriculture.

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