Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family - Chapter 4, Evacuation Summary & Analysis

Yoshiko Uchida
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Chapter 4, Evacuation Summary and Analysis

At the start of the war, Keiko has to quit her job to run the household and Yoshiko continues to attend classes, despite the dwindling Nisei population. There are rumors of an "evacuation" which are in fact trips to concentration camps. There is little violence against the Japanese, but a classmate of Yoshiko's is shot to death by anti-Japanese fanatics.

While they have endured discrimination before, the Uchida women now understand discrimination in the racial sense, according to their faces. Most Nisei ahve never been to Japan and tried to prove it to white Americans by participating in the war effort. As time goes on, however, anti-Japanese groups, particularly economic competitors, gain more influence, particularly when aided by the media. Many unfounded rumors circulate and open bigotry increases. Presidential reports trump up claims that Japanese-Americans are extraordinarily loyal to...

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