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Brass water pipe, used for smoking tobacco. On one side, Shou Lao, God of Longevity and his deer, stork and pine tree, all expressing wish for long life. On other side, Chinese character 壽 (longevity)

Rare adoption document during times of famine. The translation reads:

"This is the document that gives our own son away, by Chen Dian-yuan, village of Heng-mei. During this time of famine, there is no way to feed all family members. Therefore,…

The purely Chinese-American concept of "paper son" originated after the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. Chinese-born men came to America adopting the name of another family and claiming to be sons of Chinese U.S. citizens. To pass the rigorous questions…

The Santa Anita Pacemaker was the newspaper of the Assembly Center located on the famous raceyrack in California. From March through October 1942, 19,348 persons of Japanese descent who had been removed from their homes in Los Angeles, San Diego, and…

Mary Tanaka and Robert Omori pictured in front of Billings Hospital at The University of Chicago on the city's South Side.

Thousands of Japanese Americans resettled in Chicago after being released from the "internment camps" where they were held in segregation during World War II. To help each other rebuild their lives in a new environment, many young people formed…

This fabric patch belonged to Koki Kumamoto, who was incarcerated at the Tule Lake (California) Relocation Center during World War II. Kumamoto eventually resettled in Chicago and established a successful dental practice.

This page (titled "Garden of Eden," referring to a town near the Minidoka [Idaho] Relocation Center) is from Mikisaburo Izui's scrapbook of internment camp illustrations and botanical renderings. Japanese Americans who were removed from Oregon,…

Keiko Takemoto used this "Autograph," or memory book, to document her time in the Tule Lake (California) Relocation Center. The hinged plywood cover contains an ink illustration of barracks set against the Castle Rock mountain.

This hand-painted pine cone, wood, and metal bird sculpture was created in Topaz (Central Utah) Relocation Center by Shizue Tamura. About 2.5 inches in length, this little bird is typical of the items crafted from found materials by incarcerated…
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