The focus of the Asian Pacific Studies Collection is Japanese American evacuation and internment during World War II. This
includes photographs, posters, newspapers, class reports, syllabi, and other materials about Japanese-American life in Los
Angeles before World War II, evacuation, internment, and life following release from the camps. Materials were collected by
a professor of history at CSUDH.
The history of the Japanese in the United States began with Commodore Perry's gunboat diplomacy policy in 1868. The first
small numbers of Japanese came to the West Coast in 1869. Larger groups did not begin arriving on the West Coast until after
the Exclusion Act of 1882, which completely stopped the immigration of Chinese laborers. The Japanese workers were brought
in as replacements to work on the railroads and mines. With the California Alien Land Laws of 1913 and 1924, all Asian immigrants
were ineligible for citizenship and could not legally own or lease land. By 1925, twelve other states enacted similar legislation.
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All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives
and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical
materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
There are no access restrictions on this collection.