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Collection Details


Collection Name: REgenerations Oral History Project
Repository Name: Japanese American National Museum. Life History Program [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Dates Spanned: 1997-
Description: REgenerations is a collaborative oral history project which will explore and document the impact of the World War II exclusion and incarceration of Japanese Americans in four Nikkei communities in the United States: Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, and San Diego. The main focus of the interviews will center on the period of resettlement between 1942-1965. This "resettlement" era is critical to understanding the full impact of the exclusion and incarceration experience, yet it has been the subject of relatively little scholarly inquiry. Though the end of war brought "freedom" from the confines of America's concentration camps, Japanese Americans returned to the same prejudice and discrimination they had left in 1942. Naturalization laws, alien lands laws, "anti-miscegenation" laws, housing restrictions, and immigration laws continued to exclude Japanese Americans from taking their rightful place in American society. REgenerations will explore the struggle of Japanese Americans to overcome these institutional and social barriers and restore their family and community life which had been fragmented by the wartime experience. Transcripts are available online.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 41
Broad Subjects: Ethnic groups; Communities
ASP Subjects: Chicago, IL; Community; History; Japan; Japanese; Japanese American Internment, 1942-1945; Japanese Americans; Local history; Los Angeles, CA; Oral history; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; United States; World War II, 1939-1945
Other Subjects: Incarceration; Japanese American camps
Collection Code: OHC0001035