Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community

Project Names Every Japanese American Incarcerated During WWII

For as much as we casually quote the figure 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWI,  government rosters at the time were notoriously incomplete and riddled with errors. In order to ensure that there is a complete record and that those who were incarcerated are honored and remembered, Duncan Ryuken Williams, who directs USC’s Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, has been leading a team of scholars and volunteers around the country to research and compile a complete list of names. The daunting task of accounting for so many people was complicated by the fact that there were 75 incarceration sites, from Hawaii to Arkansas, each operated by one of an assortment of government agencies.

Learn more about the project and where you can view the hand-bound, 1,000 page listing of all the incarcerees here.


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