With her mother gone, she had a family to take care of. Was this a storybook romance with a Hollywood ending?
Then I came across some objects on the history of Japanese Americans during WWII. To paraphrase one co-worker's advice: 'Don't make a decision you'll regret for the rest of your life.
They were a set of lovingly hand-crafted pins and were clearly made for someone's sweetheart. Did the pressures of living in the camps bring them together or push them apart? You have to marry me." May recalled later that it looked like Paul had at most two to three weeks left in him. Don't end up a spinster regretting the one that got away.'Paul and May Ishimoto were married in April of 1944.
My curiosity got the better of me and I had to find out more. May Asaki had just turned 22 when she and her family were forced to leave their home in California and relocate to Jerome, an internment camp in Arkansas. They got leave from camp and went to Little Rock to buy a wedding outfit and get rings.
During the opening months of World War II, almost 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them citizens of the United States, were forced out of their homes and into detention camps established by the U. Internees produced a wide variety of arts and crafts objects from natural materials found in and near the camps.
Many would spend the next three years living under armed guard, behind barbed wire. Though residents had been deprived of their most basic rights, Japanese Americans lived as normally as possible.
Today's blog post by Deputy Chair and Associate Curator in the Division of Armed Forces History Cedric Yeh explores the story behind some of these small, handmade objects.Call me a cynic or a dried-out old historian, but I don't usually expect to find romance amongst my collections.She'd had plans to go to Hollywood and become a costume designer. She got her father to agree that Paul wasn't the right type for her. Then one day she found Paul in front of her barracks. She didn't remember how they left or returned from the camp—it was all a blur.But instead she found herself behind barbwire with little to do but survive and care for her family. Paul's family went into the woods to gather flowers and made the other preparations.Her mother, only 48 years old, had passed away soon after arriving at the camp, leaving May as the oldest of 11 siblings. When he first saw May at the receptionist desk, he felt an electric shock. It was love at first sight, except May wasn't interested. May's father pulled off a huge surprise by creating a picture-perfect wedding cake.She tried her hand as a receptionist, a nurse's assistant, and finally a clerk in the camp hospital supply room. He seemed older and she'd heard of him and his reputation of turning ladies' heads. The wedding was attended by a small group of family.