America's Japanese Hostages

America's Japanese Hostages

by Thomas Connell
     
 

Connell uncovers a little known World War II top secret program. The United States demanded that Latin American governments deport—or allow the United States to take—anyone of Japanese ancestry and place them in camps in Texas and New Mexico. The plan was to trade them for American civilians held by the Japanese.

Although Peru was the most enthusiastic

Overview

Connell uncovers a little known World War II top secret program. The United States demanded that Latin American governments deport—or allow the United States to take—anyone of Japanese ancestry and place them in camps in Texas and New Mexico. The plan was to trade them for American civilians held by the Japanese.

Although Peru was the most enthusiastic participant in this program, expelling nearly 5,000 Peruvian citizens of Japanese ancestry, other Latin American countries participated as well. Connell traces the reasons for prejudice and discrimination, the specific programs, and the post-war efforts of those held in American relocation camps to secure restitution. Through the wide use of oral interviews as well as documents, Connell shows the very human side of this effort, which in many ways parallels the discrimination Americans of Japanese ancestry faced during the war. This book provides a thorough and intriguing story of interest to general readers as well as scholars, students, and other researchers involved with World War II and Latin American history.

Editorial Reviews

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Connell revives from obscurity a US government program that involved the seizure and expulsion of thousands of Peruvian citizens of Japanese background, long term dual-citizenship Peruvian Japanese expatriates, and others of Japanese background from sovereign nations in Latin America; their forced movement to the US and internment in Immigration and Naturalization Service camps; and the eventual repatriation for most of them to their homes of ethnic origin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275975357
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Series:
Praeger Studies on Ethnic and National Identities in Politics Series
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS CONNELL is Vice President of Interlink Consulting Services, Inc.

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