Ellen Kubokawa


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Life for Japanese Americans changed dramatically after December 7, 1941. Arrests, confiscations, interrogations and exclusion openly targeted people of Japanese ancestry as spies and traitors.

Immediately following the news of the Pearl Harbor attacks, the FBI began arresting men in the Japanese community who they suspected of having significant ties to Japan. Eventually, many of these men were sent to Justice Department camps in the interior for questioning by the FBI. These arrests occurred not only on the West Coast, but inland, too, in areas such as Spokane.


Japanese internment, from coast and camp, world war two, WW2, WWII, oral history


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