WWII Internment

on campus ­ along with 120,000 other persons of Japanese ancestry throughout the Western states ­ to move into “relocation centers.” The Ichihashis did not return to Stanford until April 1945.

Early arrivals at Amache, 1942Early arrivals at Amache, 1942

The experience devastated the couple professionally and personally. Ichihashi never resumed his teaching or scholarly writing. He would become estranged from his only child, Woodrow, under the pressures of internment and they would not see each other again until 1963, just months before the father’s death.

The materials left from Ichihashi’s experiences during the war ­ his diaries, letters and research essays ­ leave a record that is far more than a poignant personal tale, though. His documents provide the richest and most complete firsthand account of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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amato Ichihashi was born into a former samurai family in 1878 in Nagoya, Japan, and arrived in the United States in 1894 to attend public school in San Francisco. He continued his study at Stanford, where he distinguished himself, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and an invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa. He later earned his doctorate in political economy from Harvard.

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