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Camp Harmony: Japanese American Internment and the Puyallup Assembly Center (Asian American Experience) Paperback

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Product Details

  • Series: Asian American Experience
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (October 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252076729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252076725
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An important historical work that should be read by all." --Nichi Bei Weekly

Book Description

This book is the first full portrait of a single assembly center--located at the Western Washington fairgrounds at Puyallup, outside Seattle--that held Japanese Americans for four months prior to their transfer to a relocation center during World War II. Gathering archival evidence and eyewitness accounts, Louis Fiset reconstructs the events leading up to the incarceration as they unfolded on a local level: arrests of Issei leaders, Nikkei response to the war dynamics, debates within the white community, and the forced evacuation of the Nikkei community from Bainbridge Island. The book explores the daily lives of the more than seven thousand inmates at "Camp Harmony," detailing how they worked, played, ate, and occasionally fought with each other and with their captors. Fiset also examines the inmates' community life, health care, and religious activities. He includes details on how army surveyors selected the center's site, oversaw its construction, and managed the transfer of inmates to the more permanent Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Matson on May 6, 2010
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Scholarly exposition from the outside administrative perspective as to the organization and workings of one of the assembly centers to which Japanese Americans were evacuated prior to more permanent camps during WWII. Availability of official governmental records comprises the basis of the report. As such, it is enlightening as to how official thinking evolved to remove all persons of Japanese ancestry from the west coast. It does not capture the human tragedies that resulted - the fear, sorrow, individual and family disorganization that were some of the consequences of that wholesale incarceration.
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