web page is designed to inform and educate the public about the
Japanese-American experience, and how internment has effected the Japanese
began emigrating to the United States in the 1890's for more economic and
social stability. Large numbers went to Hawaii and to the main land,
predominantly California. Many were single young men "without family
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generation called themselves Issei (combination of 'one' and 'generation')
retained their Japanese identity and loyalty. The second generation were
known as Nisei and were more assimilated into American culture.
This hard working
ethnic group for reasons of race, became a target of the American government
during the Second World War for internment, on the basis of security
reasons. 110 000 Japanese Americans, 70 000 of which were American citizens
were evacuated form their homes, and detained under military guard in
experience made a significant impact on the Japanese American community, the
effects of which are still felt today.