Online Resources at the Butler Center

Kazuko Tanaka and Yetsuko Saguchi

Oral History Interview with Kazuko Tanaka and Yetsuko Saguchi

July 21, 2011

Kazuko Tanaka and Yetsuko Saguchi are twin sisters who were born in California. When they were three years old, their family was sent by government order to a Japanese internment camp. They talk about what it was like for the Japanese community during the World War II era as well as their family's experience at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas.

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Bob Yada

Oral History Interview with Bob Yada

September 11, 2006

Robert "Bob" Yada was a child when his family was sent from California to the Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas. His family remained there for the rest of the war. After the internment camps closed, few interned families remained in Arkansas. His family did stay in Arkansas and was the only one left in Arkansas within a year's time of the camp closing. He discusses what it was like for his family and others at Rohwer.

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Delphine Hirasuna

Oral History Interview with Delphine Hirasuna

September 15, 2011

Though she was born after the time of Japanese American internment, Delphine Hirasuna talks about her family's experience, including their time at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas. She also discusses the process of writing her book, The Art of Gaman.

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Delphine Hirasuna

Dishongh Lecture by Delphine Hirasuna, author of The Art of Gaman

September 15, 2011

Delphine Hirasuna discusses the experiences and the creativity of Japanese Americans interned in camps across the United States during World War II.

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Vivienne Schiffer

Legacies & Lunch with Vivienne Schiffer, author of Camp Nine

October 5, 2011

Vivienne "Lie" Schiffer, daughter of Rosalie Santine Gould, discussed her newly released novel Camp Nine. Camp Nine tells the story of how a young girl's childhood was transformed by the appearance of Japanese Americans who were interned at "Camp Nine," a fictionalized version of the Rohwer Relocation Center. Schiffer also talks about her life growing up in Rohwer, Arkansas, as well as her continued research on Japanese American internment.

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Butler Center Lesson Plans

Japanese Americans and the Rowher Relocation Camp

Grades 5-8

Students will examine and understand that in extreme cases such as a World War II, fear can override justice. They will review how the Japanese were moved from California and other areas into relocation camps in Arkansas during World War II. They will use resources for a teacher determined task.

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Under One Flag: A Year at Rohwer

Grades: 5-8, can be adapted for 4 and 9-12

The goal of this unit is to introduce students to the concept of the Japanese relocation camps used during World War II in Arkansas. Students will organize information.

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Further Reading

Books

Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps

Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps
Jane E. Dusselier
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008

Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment

Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment
Brian Masaru Hayashi
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008

Concentration Camps on the Home Front: Japanese Americans in the House of Jim Crow

Concentration Camps on the Home Front: Japanese Americans in the House of Jim Crow
John Howard
Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2008

Justice Delayed: The Record of the Japanese American Internment Cases

Justice Delayed: The Record of the Japanese American Internment Cases
Peter Irons, ed.
Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1989

Judgment without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II

Judgment without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II
Tetsuden Kashima
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003

Henry Sugimoto: Painting an American Experience

Henry Sugimoto: Painting an American Experience
Kristine Kim
Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2000

Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress

Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress
Alice Yang Murray
Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008

War and Wartime Changes: The Transformation of Arkansas, 1940-1945

War and Wartime Changes: The Transformation of Arkansas, 1940-1945
C. Calvin Smith
Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1986

To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu

To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu
George Takei
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994


Academic Journals

Anderson, William G. "Early Reaction in Arkansas to the Relocation of Japanese in the State." Arkansas Historical Quarterly 23 (Autumn 1964): 196-211.

Bearden, Russell E. "The False Rumor of Tuesday: Arkansas's Internment of Japanese-Americans." Arkansas Historical Quarterly 41 (Winter 1982) 327-339.

---. "Life Inside Arkansas's Japanese American Relocation Centers." Arkansas Historical Quarterly 47 (Summer 1989): 170-196.

Ward, Jason Morgan. "'No Jap Crow': Japanese Americans Encounter the World War II South." Journal of Southern History 73 ( February 2007): 75-104.

Ziegler, Jan Fielder. "Listening to 'Miss Jamison': Lessons from the Schoolhouse at a Japanese Internment Camp, Rohwer Relocation Center." Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies 33 (August 2002): 137-146.


Theses & Dissertations

Allbritton, Nicole Ashley. "The Women of Japanese-American Internment, with Emphasis on Rohwer and Jerome." MA thesis, University of Arkansas, 2010.

Cashion, Scott. "Actions Speak Louder than Words…Sometimes: Reactions to the Wartime Evacuation and Internment of Japanese-Americans at Rohwer and Jerome." MA thesis, University of Arkansas, 2006.

Jensen, Gwendolyn M. "The Experience of Injustice: Health Consequences of Japanese American Internment." PhD diss., University of Colorado, 1997.

Moss, Dori Felice. "Strangers in Their Own Land: A Cultural History of Japanese American Internment Camps in Arkansas, 1942-1945." MA thesis, Georgia State University, 2007.

Twyford, Holly Feltman. "Nisei in Arkansas: The Plight of Japanese American Youths in the Arkansas Internment Camps of World War II." MA thesis, University of Arkansas, 1993.


Other Materials

The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945: Wright Art Gallery October 13 through December 6, 1992. Los Angeles, CA: Japanese American National Museum, 1992.

About Us

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.

The research collections and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) at 401 President Clinton Ave, located on the Main Library campus in the River Market. The ASI is a partnership between CALS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, through which the two institutions have made more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.

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