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Camp Harmony

Camp Harmony

Seattle's Japanese Americans and the Puyallup Assembly Center

Book - 2009
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&&LI&&Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-parent:"";mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:#0400;mso-fareast-language:#0400;mso-bidi-language:#0400;}}This book is the first full portrait of a single assembly center--located at the Western Washington fairgrounds at Puyallup, outside Seattle--that held Japanese Americans for four months prior to their transfer to a relocation center during World War II. Gathering archival evidence and eyewitness accounts, Louis Fiset reconstructs the events leading up to the incarceration as they unfolded on a local level: arrests of Issei leaders, Nikkei response to the war dynamics, debates within the white community, and the forced evacuation of the Nikkei community from Bainbridge Island. The book explores the daily lives of the more than seven thousand inmates at "Camp Harmony," detailing how they worked, played, ate, and occasionally fought with each other and with their captors. Fiset also examines the inmates' community life, health care, and religious activities. He includes details on how army surveyors selected the center's site, oversaw its construction, and managed the transfer of inmates to the more permanent Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho.
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780252034916
0252034910
9780252076725
0252076729
Branch Call Number: 940.53177 F525C 2009
Characteristics: xvi, 210 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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This book is the first full portrait of a single assembly center--located at the Western Washington fairgrounds at Puyallup--that held Japanese Americans for four months prior to their transfer to a relocation center during World War II.


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Feb 18, 2011

This is an important book, especially for Washingtonians. The detailed story of the forced internment during WWII of Japanese Americans in a fairground not far from Seattle recaptures lost history. The Puyallup fairgrounds is still used for spring and autumn fairs; not many remember the shameful history of our government there during WWII. The book's details are abundant and include information on gathering points on Beacon Hill and the International District, daily meals (both Japanese & American dishes were served), the power struggles amongst the internees and interactions with the white community. Sometimes the detail is a bit much and the reporting a bit dry but it's well worth reading to learn this important history.

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