• Emily Pan

Quick Facts: Japanese American History You Probably Didn't Know

Updated: Jan 11

Japanese American history is grossly underrepresented in the U.S., and the information taught is often skewed and misrepresented. Here are some facts about Japanese American History on the Central Coast that you probably didn't know.

Japanese School [1]

45% of students were Japanese. In the 1930s at a school in Guadalupe, 45% of the 450 students were Japanese Americans.








Gila River Detention Camp (National Archives)

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing 120,000 people of Japanese descent—even American citizens—who lived in the Western part of the United States to flee from their homes, separate from their families, and live in detention camps. Here are their stories.


Image Source

[1] Japanese School of San Luis Obispo located near Los Osos Rd : 1928, 1928, photograph, Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast, Black Gold Cooperative Library System, Calisphere, https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/13030/c8513x15/.

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