The unique case of Bainbridge Island’s JA community in ‘Bearing the Unbearable’

A little over a month after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the infamous Executive Order 9066, military orders by Lt. Gen. John L. DeWitt began forcibly removing people of Japanese descent from the West Coast. Bainbridge Island, located west of Seattle in Washington state’s Puget Sound, was the first community to be sent to American […]

Oldest remaining survivor of Japanese American concentration camps passes away

  Fumiko Nishinaka Hayashida, the oldest living survivor of the first group of Japanese Americans who were taken to concentration camps from Bainbridge at the start of World War II, died Nov. 2, 2014. She was 103. Hayashida became the symbol of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during the war after the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published […]

ISLANDERS IN EXILE: The history of Bainbridge, Terminal Island Nikkei

Off the Pacific Coast, the historic Japanese villages of Terminal Island in Southern California’s San Pedro Bay and Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound share attributes as close-knit, cohesive, and self-contained communities with abrupt converging histories. From the early 1900s, while the Issei worked hard in fishing and canneries at Fish Harbor, and […]

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