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  •  Japanese americans in Hawaii (2+ / 0-)
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    Boppy, johnnygunn

    In Hawaii, they had a much different experience.

    Only about 400 people were arrested in the days after Pearl Harbor.  

    A coalition which had been working for several years in anticipation of the war was able to resist attempts to deport many of the 160,000 Japanese Americans in Hawaii to the camps on the west coast.

    This story is told in a documentary which will be on PBS in Hawaii tonight at 8 pm and in May of 2007 on many PBS stations.  It is also now available on DVD

    Some photos I took at a screening in San Francisco (including some of a couple of women who were in grade school  in Hawaii at the time of Pearl Harbor.)

    by ari on Thu Dec 07, 2006 at 01:31:25 PM PST

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      sayitaintso, Boppy

      I've was at the Heart Mountain 50th Reunion Conference in Powell, Wyoming.  Yes, the Japanese Americans in Hawai'i had a significantly different experience.  Whereas it was infeasible to deport Japanese Americans from Hawai'i - especially economically infeasible - - it was economically advantageous to dispossess Japanese Americans in the Pacific Coast states.  Racism and greed - - they usually work in tandem.

      •  It was more complex than that (0+ / 0-)

        There were orders given to deport thousands of people from Hawaii to the west coast or to build camps in Hawaii.

        It was organizing by people in Hawaii and contacts made with people in the FBI, police, and military that prevented this.

        It is definately worth watching the documentary when you get a chance.

        by ari on Thu Dec 07, 2006 at 10:01:03 PM PST

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