|Born in Peru, Arturo "Art" Shibayama was deported to the US in 1942 at the age of 13. Art holds a 1939 photograph of his family in Lima. He's the child on the right front fender of the family car.|
At the war's end most of the Latin American Japanese who were imprisoned here were repatriated to Japan even though most were born in Peru and had exactly zero interest in being sent there. A few returned to Peru which wanted them like a root canal. Several hundred stayed in the US as; get this, “illegal aliens.” Then to add insult to injury in 1988 the United States government proclaimed that it wasn’t responsible for deportation and incarceration of the Latin American Japanese. Yeah, we did it to you but it wasn’t our fault. You can’t make this stuff up.
|Pledging allegiance, Manzanar. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.|
|Newborns, Tule Lake.|