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Mr. and Mrs. Joe Oyama, now of New York City, were married at the Santa Anita Assembly Center on October
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War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement
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Full title:Mr. and Mrs. Joe Oyama, now of New York City, were married at the Santa Anita Assembly Center on October 7, 1942, and the next day left for the Jerome Relocation Center. Prior to evacuation to Santa Anita the preceding May, Joe was assistant editor of the English section of a Japanese-American daily in Los Angeles, and Mrs. Oyama, the former Asami Kawachi, was studying journalism at Los Angeles City College. While at Santa Anita they were both on the staff of the Pacemaker, he as city editor and she as woman's editor. Later, at Jerome, both Mr. and Mrs. Oyama were staff members first of Communique, predecessor of the Denson Tribune, later, while field workers in the documents section, of Magnet, the section's magazine. In April, 1943, Mr. and Mrs. Oyama left Jerome for Des Plaines, Ill., where he was employed briefly as a general maintenance worker for a photo service company. In May they came to New York, and Joe went to work as a stone-polisher in a lapidary shop. He gave up that job in March, 1944, because he wanted to get back into journalism and is now working temporarily as a mail clerk at the Common Council for American Unity while looking for a reporter's job. Meanwhile he is keeping up with his journalistic interest by serving as editor of the News Letter of the Japanese American Committee for Democracy. Mr. and Mrs. Oyama share an apartment with several other evacuees and a Caucasian friend around the corner from Columbus University. New York, New York.
WRA no. G-469
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Photographs

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