Japanese American National Museum

At the end of January I met up with one of my favorite partners-in-crime in Little Tokyo to take advantage of Free Museum Day and visit the Japanese American National Museum. Little Tokyo was beautiful and I didn’t get enough time to explore. (I’ll have to go back soon!)

Right now the Japanese American National Museum has a special display on temporary exhibition called Only the Oaks Remain: the Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station. Have you ever heard of Tuna Canyon? Did you know there was a “detention station” in Los Angeles during WW2? I love learning history and I grew up in the area, but this was all new info to me… We can both go to TunaCanyon.org to learn more.

Large display boards list the names of over 2,000 people who “passed through” Tuna Canyon.

The following facts were posted among the artifacts:

America’s Concentration Camps

When the last American Concentration Camp closed in 1946…

  • 120,313 Japanese Americans had been incarcerated
  • 4 were killed by U.S. Army soldiers
  • 1,862 died while in camp
  • 2,355 left camp for the Armed Forces
  • 4,724 were deported to Japan

It is not possible to make an accurate calculation of the value of property and potential income lost by the inmates. Estimates range from millions to many billions of dollars.

When the government finally had to move out the last inmates, primarily the elderly and the destitute, they were given $25 and a train or bus ticket.

Most chose to return to the West Coast, where they often found situations even more difficult than life in the camp.

I am terrible at selfies.

4 thoughts on “Japanese American National Museum

  1. Jan Rapoport

    Jenny, this is fabulous. You did an unbelievable job. You are quite the photographer and writer. Mazel Tov

    Sent from Jan’s iPhone




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