In the Inland Empire, Nisei from the west coast began an uncertain life, with unfamiliar places to live, different friends, and unknown challenges. It was difficult for Nisei to find jobs, attend schools, and retain some shred of normalcy in their lives.
Discrimination was very apparent to the Nisei women who transferred from Seattle to attend Deaconess Hospital’s Nursing Program. In the words of one woman, “the atmosphere was very … strained.” Some doctors would not even allow these women to attend the classes they taught.
Pictured above is one nursing student in her uniform.
Japanese internment, from coast and camp, world war two, WW2, WWII, oral history
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