Stuff contributed by RoyKakuda

The Poston (Colorado River Relocation Center) Tailor School

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After the inital trama of imprisonment, the Japanese American inmate community with the help of the Office of Indian Affairs (OIA) and the War Relocation Authority (WRA) wanted to to ...

Surviving Poston's Desert Heat: Cellars, Fans, Ponds, and Gardens

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RoyKakuda

We arrived in Poston (Colorado River Relocation Center) in May of 1942.  Everyone was told that the air temperature would rise above 115 deg. F. in the summer.  The water ...

A Native American and Japanese American Student Story

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RoyKakuda

As a docent at the Japanese American National Museum I had the opportunity to hear inmates reminisce about their camp lives. One story was about two fellow elementary school students at one ...

Look at Hundreds of Camp Photos taken by War Relocation Authority

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RoyKakuda

Photos of all 10 Concentration Camps taken by WRA photographers.  The photo are on the Discover Nikkei Website shown below as well as a brief description of the camps.

Teachers of Poston (Colorado River Relocation Center)

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RoyKakuda

About 1/3 of the educators who taught at Poston were recuited from across the United States, many by the American Friends Committee.  Many of the teachers came from Quaker and ...

Poston (Colorado River Relocation Center) Years Later

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RoyKakuda

Four photos show the some of the Poston Camp I barracks, about 10 years after camp closure.  Photos were taken by George Yoshiro Kakuda who was at Poston 5/15/42 to 9/15/45.  Most ...

Abandonment (Renunciation) of US Citizenship by Japanese Americans in WWII

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RoyKakuda

During the internment of Japanese Americans in American Concentration Camps 5,589 American citizens renounced their US citizenship. They were enraged by their treatment by the US government and/or wanted to ...

Heart Mountain Relocation Center High School Album

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RoyKakuda

The 1944 Heart Mountain High School Album is from the Heart Mountain Relocation Center near Cody Wyoming. Approximently 1500 high school students attended the camp school. The images were copied ...

Granada Relocation Center (Amache): From the Perspective of the WRA Photos

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RoyKakuda

The Granada Relocation Center or Amache was one of the ten American concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. The center was located 140 miles east of Pueblo, ...

Heart Mountain Relocation Center: From the Perspective of the WRA Photos

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RoyKakuda

The Heart Mountain Relocation Center was one of the ten American concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. The center was located 12 miles northwest of Cody, Wyoming. It was ...

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Roy Kakuda is a third generation Japanese American who was imprisoned at the Poston Relocation Center for three and one half years. After leaving Poston, he returned to Orange County, CA where he attended the Hover Elementary School which was one of the first Mexican American schools being desegregated in California. He became an engineer and eventually worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory until his retirement.

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