"Integration, not Segregation:" Japanese Americans in Chicago and Cleveland, 1942-1952
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of History Honors Theses; 2006
This thesis examines Japanese American resettlement to Chicago and Cleveland during and after World War Two. Resettlement is the process by which the War Relocation Authority, or WRA, released Japanese American citizens from the internment camps during the war. As a result, the WRA established many of the earliest policies on resettlement. However, it relied heavily on community resettlement agencies that were created in Chicago and Cleveland to develop a resettlement infrastructure that focused on finding suitable employment and housing for Japanese Americans. My research focuses on the two resettlement agencies, the Chicago Resettlers Committee and the Cleveland Resettlement Committee, to compare and contrast the unique developments for each Japanese American community. In doing so, I have formulated an argument that social cohesiveness through community interaction and outreach, rather than the limitations of ethnic clustering and exclusion on the West Coast, was achieved by these Japanese American agencies for the purpose of creating permanent Japanese American communities in Chicago and Cleveland.
College of the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship
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