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Why You Are Not Different From Us!: Japanese American Resettlement in Peoria During World War II

11/19/18 06:30PM - 07:30PM

Why You Are Not Different From Us!: Japanese American Resettlement in Peoria During World War II – North Branch

The American government incarcerated Japanese Americans, including those with American citizenship, in concentration camps not long after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. “Loyal” incarcerees were allowed to “resettle” in areas away from the West Coast provided they had employment opportunities. The Midwest was a popular destination, as Japanese Americans encountered, in general, greater kindness and hospitality than they had experienced in the West. Peoria was one such destination that welcomed Japanese Americans into the community, offered employment opportunities, and provided educational resources for college age resettlers at Bradley University. This talk examines this experience of Japanese American resettlers to Peoria during World War II.

For more information, read this article from Interbusiness Issues: https://peoriamagazines.com/ibi/2018/sep/new-town-japanese-american-resettlement-during-wwii

Location: Peoria Public Library - Peoria, Illinois
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