There are many lost chapters in history. This is one of them.
During World War II, Latin American countries deported more than 2,000 ethnic Japanese to the United States, where they were detained in internment camps alongside Japanese-Americans. The deportations were initiated by Washington at a conference on regional security in 1942. Officially, the reason for the deportations was protection from internal sabotage. But racism against the Japanese in Latin America was also a factor.
Of the 2000 deportees, 1800 came from Peru. One family that owned an import/export business in the Peruvian city of Arequipa was deported to a camp in Crystal City, Texas. They wouldn’t return to Peru for another four years.
Reporter Mia Warren recorded their story. For this week’s sabiduría, or words of wisdom, she spoke with Carmen Utako Tochio Villanueva (in the picture), a woman who was born in the internment camp.
Photo Santa Anita Camp, 1942 courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, author unknown.
3 thoughts on “Sabiduría: A Japanese-Peruvian Born At US Internment Camps In WW II”
Sloppy gathering of your web assets. An iconic photo of the internment camp Manzanar with the eastern Sierra in the background, taken by none other than Dorothea Lange is being passed off as the non-existent “Santa Anita Camp? And the “author unknown?” Really? Santa Anita Racetrack, the temporary assembly center, is no where near the mountains in this picture, and photographers, including famous ones, are never referred to as “author.” Here’s your citation that would have added to your credibility. “Dust storm at this War Relocation Authority center where evacuees of Japanese ancestry are spending the duration.” Dorothea Lange, Manzanar, CA, July 3, 1942. 210-G-10C-839 (http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/#home).