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Telling Our Stories: Japanese Americans in the San Fernando Valley, 1910's - 1970's

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Lost Fortunes

Due to the swift and forced evacuation of the Japanese Americans in the San Fernando Valley many lost their homes, their vehicles, and other priceless artifacts such as photographs and family heirlooms. However, some who wanted to prove their loyalty to America disposed of any and all items that linked them to Japan. Also, racism and discrimination was often experienced.

"The land, the title of the land was in my mother’s name because she was a US citizen, and we had a neighbor, a German neighbor and he watched our place while the family was at camp, but I understand that a family moved into the house and lived in our house during the war.
-Jane Muranaka

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New Mothers 1940
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Photo contributed by: Bill Watanabe Names of people: Unknown Date: Unknown Place: Sun Valley, CA, U.S.A. Photograph by: Unknown Photo size: Unknown Description: New mothers in Sun Valley, California at ... More »

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