The Managed Casualty: The Japanese-American Family in World War II

The Managed Casualty: The Japanese-American Family in World War II

The Managed Casualty: The Japanese-American Family in World War II

The Managed Casualty: The Japanese-American Family in World War II

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This study is an assessment of one major aspect of the adjustment of Japanese Americans to the series of events comprising their removal from the communities of the Pacific Coast early in World War II, their sequestration in temporary centers under governmental control, and their eventual release. It is in a sense an "impact" study in that attention is directed toward the effects administrative policies had on family groups and the resources these groups commanded to adapt to and ameliorate the conditions imposed upon them.The preoccupation of the present study is easily justified. The importance of the family, in Japan as well as in the organization of the Japanese communities in the United States, makes this aspect of the social organization of the minority group a major concern for a rounded understanding of the evacuation. The relevance of the family as the unit of study is also indicated by the administrative policy which explicitly directed that family units be maintained in the processing of the population through the evacuation and relocation programs.Although compilation of cases began at the outbreak of war, the evacuation and relocation of the families and the breaking up of some family units imposed progressive difficulties on the study. Cases would have been easier to complete if the unit of study had been the individual rather than the family, but the institutional focus of the research would then have been damaged. There was, therefore, some unavoidable attrition of cases, and in addition the loss of some cases which might have been saved if the study had not been meagerly staffed and financed.Confronted by these limitations and opportunities, the study took the following form: . . .

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