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Title Correspondence to Sonoko Iwata from Friends Enquiring After Her and Her Family
Author Iwata, Sonoko U (1911-2004)
Date 2 Dec 1942
Document Type Correspondence
Reference MSS 53, Box 1, Folder 74
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name Shigezo and Sonoko Iwata Papers, 1942-1991
Description Asks how Sonoko is doing and if she has managed to be reunited with her husband. Describes how she herself is separated from her father who is planning to go back to Japan if there is the opportunity rather than stay in the internment camp for many years.
Series Description The collection contains letters between the Iwatas and their friends detailing life in the relocation centre and the internment camp. There are also personal documents and biographical materials.
Biographical Note / History Shigezo Iwata was born in Japan and immigrated to the United States in 1924. Sonoko U. Iwata was born in Los Angeles. The couple made their home in Thermal, California where they farmed and Shigezo was secretary of the Thermal Farmers' Cooperative Association. Separated in the initial part of World War II when Shigezo was arrested and detained by the FBI at the Lordsburg Internment Camp (New Mexico), the Iwatas were reunited in 1943 at the Colorado River Relocation Centre near Poston, Arizona.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Places Poston, Arizona, United States
Nationality Japanese
People Iwata, Sonoko U (1911-2004); Iwata, Shigezo (1900-1986)
Keywords family, marriage, children, Second World War, internment, evacuation, friendship
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English
Document(s) linked to Sonoko Iwata to Shigezo Iwata Thanking Him for the Unexpected Gifts He Sent Her and the Children
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania