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Chairman of Japanese American Cultural Center and former president of Japanese Chamber of Commerce recounts conditions of prewar Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo, its wartime conversion into a black community, postwar reestablishment as a Japanese-American cultural and commercial center. Includes comments on discriminatory legislation, prewar Japan-American relations. World War II removal and incarceration, camp conditions, wartime repatriation procedures, consequences of incarceration, and contemporary civil rights movement. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, CSU Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0017. The Japanese American Oral History Project features oral histories with narrators who talk about their lives, pre and post World War II, but most specifically, about their experience being incarcerated in camps during World War II.
Geographic communities--California--Los Angeles Immigration and citizenship--Law and legislation--Discriminatory laws Activism and involvement--Civil rights Activism and involvement--Civil liberties World War II--Incarceration camps World War II--Leaving camp--'Resettlement World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation') World War II--Incarceration camps--Impact of incarceration World War II--Leaving camp--Returning home Community activities--Nihonmachi ('Japantowns')