Japanese Americans have become well integrated in American society 130 years after the first significant number of Japanese immigrants started arriving in Hawaii and the U.S. mainland around 1880. The first generation migrated to the new land with hopes for a better life. Despite discrimination and harsh labor conditions, they established farms and businesses. During World War II, Japanese immigrants and their American-born children living on the west coast were incarcerated by the U.S. government in detention camps located in desolate areas.
This website portrays the history of Japanese Americans who overcame the loss of property and the indignity of confinement to rebuild their lives after the war.