WWII Japanese Incarceration: Before and After
It is okay if you do not have answers to all of the questions. Just answer the ones you can! We appreciate any information you can share! If you answer yes to any of these questions, please provide descriptions or details as best as you can. If you have photographs that illustrate some of your answers and would be willing to share digital copies, please let us know.
1. Please tell us what camp(s) in which your family was incarcerated and what city/cities they lived in before and after camp. All answers will be analyzed anonymously and your identity will remain confidential.
2. BEFORE WWII did your family or your neighbors have Japanese gardens at your house or businesses (e.g. landscaping influenced by traditional Japanese gardening such as stone lanterns, pruned trees, ponds)?
3. Did your family or your neighbors have Japanese gardens at your house or businesses AFTER WWII? If so, were they continued from before the war or built after?
4. Were Japanese gardens and landscaping common in Japanese community buildings (e.g. churches, temples, community centers) BEFORE WWII?
5. Were Japanese gardens and landscaping common in Japanese community buildings (e.g. churches, temples, community centers) AFTER WWII? If so, when were they created?
6. Did your family commonly use an ofuro BEFORE WWII
7. Did your family commonly use an ofuro AFTER WWII?
8. Are there any practices, habits, or traditions that your family practiced/still practices that STARTED during camp (e.g. artistic skills, loyalty to product brands, types of food eaten, types of plants grown, sports, etc.)
9. Are there any family practices, habits, or traditions that started BEFORE camp and CONTINUED during and after camp?
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