Louis Fiset

Dr. Louis Fiset is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has published two books and numerous peer reviewed journal essays on the Nikkei experience in World War II. With a current appointment in UW’s Department of Medical Education, Dr. Fiset is the curriculum director for DENTEX, a two-year training program for Alaska Natives (e.g., Eskimos, Aleuts) to provide dental care for fellow villagers in the most remote regions of the Alaska bush.

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Enduring Communities

The Assembly Centers: An Introduction

On March 30, 1942, 257 Nikkei residents of Bainbridge Island, Washington, walked onto a cross-sound ferry to Seattle under military guard and boarded a train bound for the Manzanar Reception Center in California’s Owens Valley, 200 miles east of Los Angeles. This transport began the forced exile of 92,000 Japanese Americans directly from their homes in Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona into so-called “assembly centers.” There they remained for approximately 100 days until their transfer to permanent “relocation centers” located in remote regions of the country.

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