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A letter from Masao and Ayame Okine to their parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Masao reports to his parents about his arrival to Chicago after his discharge from the U.S. Army, serving as a Nisei solder in Japan. He describes his life in Chicago, such as buying a car and driving to New York to see Ayame's sister and brother-in-law, Ayako Lily and Junzo Ideno. He is planing to leave Chicago during the month and drive back to California, visiting Ayame Okine's parents, the Tanimotos, in Lodi, California, on the way home. The letter is signed by Masao and Ayame Okine. The arrival date of the letter, October 31, 1946, is recorded on the backside of the envelope. The Okine Collection contains materials collected by Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine who were Issei flower growers in Whittier, California. It includes correspondence, photographs, financial documents, and a photo album. A large portion of the collection consists of family correspondence with Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, including letters from their Nisei children, Masao and Makoto Okine, both soldiers overseas during World War II, to their Issei parents incarcerated in the Rohwer incarceration camp in McGehee, Arkansas. The correspondence also includes letters from their relatives and friends who are former incarcerees in the camps during the war and have “resettled” in Chicago, Illinois as well as letters from the Okines’ family members in Hiroshima, Japan during the Allied occupation of Japan. In addition, the collection includes a family photo album compiled by Dorothy Ai Aoki, a Nisei daughter to the Okines.
Geographic communities--Illinois--Chicago World War II--Military service--Military Intelligence Service Military service--Postwar occupation of Japan Identity and values--Nisei Japan--Post-World War II
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