Pilgrimages to Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps and Isolation Centers

This page collects all of my previous posts about the interment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and provides a home for my (hopefully) growing list of pilgrimages to the sites of internment camps and isolation centers. Previous Posts Discovering Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps Historical Background to the Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWIIContinue reading “Pilgrimages to Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps and Isolation Centers”

Directions to Leupp Isolation Center (World War II Japanese-American Detention) Site

As noted in my previous post, there is no official historical marker for the Leupp Isolation Center for Japanese-American detainees during World War II. Nor is the location marked on Google Maps (though I submitted a request that Google add a marker). For anyone wanting to go see the site, here are the directions IContinue reading “Directions to Leupp Isolation Center (World War II Japanese-American Detention) Site”

Pilgrimage to Leupp Isolation Center, Arizona

On April 27, 1943, Harry Ueno and other inmates at the Moab Isolation Center at Dalton Wells in Utah were moved to an abandoned Indian boarding school on the Navaho Trival Land in Leupp, Arizona. Ueno and four others were “forced to make the 11-hour trip confined in a four by six foot box onContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Leupp Isolation Center, Arizona”

Pilgrimage to Dalton Wells Isolation Center, Moab, Utah

The resistance to the unjust authority felt by Japanese-American citizens who were forcible evacuated from their homes and imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II went beyond the organized efforts against the loyalty questionnaire I discussed in an earlier post. And the resistance was not without consequence. One of the best known detainees atContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Dalton Wells Isolation Center, Moab, Utah”

Additional Resources on Japanese-American Internment Camps During World War II

I began this series of posts talking about how little I knew about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, even when I was an upper-division college student at UC-Berkeley. At the same time I “discovered” the internment, I also discovered resistance within the internment camps. Almost 30 years later, now, and much moreContinue reading “Additional Resources on Japanese-American Internment Camps During World War II”

A Critical Incident and Collective Resistance in WWII Japanese-American Internment Camps

In my last post I discussed conflicting views of how Japanese-Americans ought to handle the internment. For the sake of ease, I characterized those who wanted internees to be cooperative with and supportive of the government as pro-JACL, and those who took a more negative view of the situation as anti-JACL. Over the course ofContinue reading “A Critical Incident and Collective Resistance in WWII Japanese-American Internment Camps”

Conflicting Attitudes of Japanese-American Detainees during World War II

Having discussed my “discovery” of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, as well as a brief history and mention of my pilgrimage to the Manzanar internment camp, I now want to consider conflicting attitudes of Japanese-American detainees. (Note: Documents referenced below are part of what used to be called the Barnhart Catalog ofContinue reading “Conflicting Attitudes of Japanese-American Detainees during World War II”

Pilgrimage to Manzanar Internment Camp

For my wife’s birthday last November, we traveled to California to visit family and tour some of the national parks in Southern California. After visiting Joshua Tree National Park, we headed north to Death Valley. Not exactly between Death Valley and Pinnacles National Parks, but not too far out of the way, is the siteContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Manzanar Internment Camp”

Historical Background to the Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII

Having discussed my “discovery” of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, in this post I offer some historical background to the internment, based on my reading of scholarly studies which I note as I go along. To contemporary sensibilities, the evacuation and detention of  Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II seemsContinue reading “Historical Background to the Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII”

Discovering Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps

I don’t know when I first became aware of the forced removal and internment of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast of the United States during World War II. But I remember learning alot more about it for a paper I wrote back in 1989 when I was an undergrad at UC-Berkeley. The Bancroft Library atContinue reading “Discovering Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps”