By Stephen S. Fugita, Marilyn Fernandez
"Altered Lives, Enduring group" examines the long term results on jap americans in their global battle II reviews: 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 accrued interviews and survey info from eastern american citizens now residing in King County, Washington, who have been imprisoned in the course of international conflict II. Their clear-eyed, usually poignant account offers the modern, post-redress views of former incarcerees on their reports and the results for his or her existence path. utilizing descriptive fabric that personalizes and contextualizes the knowledge, the authors express how prewar socioeconomic networks and the categorical features of the incarceration adventure affected jap American readjustment within the postwar period. subject matters explored comprise the results 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 implications of preliminary resettlement position and spiritual orientation also are tested.
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Nixed generation individuals were too small to be separately analyzed. I Gender, age, and religion. 2%) among our respondents even though we did not stratify our sample selection by gender. This serendipitous outcome allowed more precise cross-gender comparisons. 8 years. They ranged in age from 57 to 90. 1%) at the time they were surveyed. 5%). 5% said that they had no religious faith. Time inJapan, In order to better gauge how much experience survey respondents had had living in Japan before World War II, we asked whether they had lived there before World War II and how old they were when they left Japan and came back to the United States.
1%). 8%) were students in colleges or universities at the time. No one in the sample was attending graduate school when they were excluded from the Pacific Coast. Educational aspirations. As we have noted before, the Japanese-oriented culture to which our Nisei were exposed placed a high value upon educational attainment. A college education was seen as a measure of family status and prestige as well as instrumental for economic mobility (Broom and Kitsuse 1956,7). Thus, even though the ultimate utility of higher education was often not clear to the Nisei before World War II, many individuals hoped to earn a college degree.
Socioeconomic index for occupations developed by Hauser and Warren (1997). 3%). 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.
Altered Lives, Enduring Community: Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration by Stephen S. Fugita, Marilyn Fernandez