As they heard about the evacuation and internment of Japanese on the west coast, the Japanese living east of the Columbia River feared they would also be evacuated. Much of the same discrimination toward the Japanese, and minorities in general, existed in Spokane and inland cities as it did on the west coast. With more and more Japanese moving inland, especially to Spokane, the native Japanese community worried that the increased population would cause the government to evacuate them, too.
Although there was worry that the evacuees would bring more attention to the inland Japanese community, the evacuees and the native inland Japanese became intertwined through the activities they participated in and the mutual friends they made during the war years in Eastern Washington.
Japanese internment, from coast and camp, world war two, WW2, WWII, oral history
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