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Dealing with Japanese-Americans
War Relocation Authority: publisher
Embree, John F. (John Fee), 1908-1950: author
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
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Short report from WRA Documents Section leader John F. Embree on recommended attitudes, suggestions, and practices while interacting with incarcerated Japanese Americans. According to Embree, race is hereditary while culture is acquired, and Caucasians should refrain from making stereotypical images of "Japanese types". Embree describes the differences in culture and attitudes including questions of loyalty between Issei, Nisei, and Kibei individuals. He recommends using a "go-between" to facilitate conversation among the older Issei men in the community when it comes to policies and procedures according to Japanese cultural norms at the time as well as utilizing the Project Director to frequently communicate with the community leaders. Special attention is directed to "evacuee attitudes" where the author recommends fostering understanding and communication with Nisei in order for them not to succumb to "anti American attitudes".
The War Relocation Authority (WRA), together with the Wartime Civil Control Administration (WCCA), the Civil Affairs Division (CAD) and the Office of the Commanding General (OFG) of the Western Defense Command (WDC) operated together to segregate and house some 110,000 men women and children from 1942 to 1945. The collection contains documents and photographs relating to the establishment and administrative workings of the (WDC), the (WRA) and the (WCCA) for the year 1942.
9 pages, typescript
World War II--Administration--War Relocation Authority
Identity and values--Issei
Identity and values--Kibei
Identity and values--Nisei
Identity and values--Old people
Race and racism--Stereotypes
World War II--Incarceration camps--Facilities, services, and camp administration
World War II--Incarceration camps--Incarcerees
World War II--Incarceration camps--Work and jobs
World War II--Incarceration camps--Food
San Jose State University Department of Special Collections and Archives

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