Betrayed Trust: The Story of a Deported Issei and His American-Born Family During WWII
By Motomu Akashi.
Betrayed Trust explains why some Issei and Japanese-Americans chose to give up on America rather than to stay with a nation that abused, condemned, rejected, incarcerated, and took away their freedom.
It is a compelling narration of an Issei and his American-born family who were imprisoned for almost four years during World War II under the custody of the U.S. Government.
Betrayed Trust reveals the most intimate thoughts of the author's father's secret political activities, efforts for resegregation, and involvement in creating a "true Japanese" environment at the Tule Lake Segregation Center.
The author discloses his father's activities as chairman of the Standing Committee of the Resegregation Group and as one of the founders of two super pro-Japanese organizations, the Sokoku Kenkyu Seinen Dan (Young Men's Association for the Study of the Motherland) and the Sokuji Kikoku Hoshi Dan (Society for Immediate Return to Serve the Motherland) to which ultimately led to his removal by the Department of Justice from Tule Lake Segregation Center; his detention at the Santa Fe Internment Camp; his removal and segregation to a secret Japanese Segregation Camp; his covert transfer to the INS Terminal Island Detention Station and to the Portland Detention Station; and his entire family's removal to a defeated and devastated Japan on December 29, 1945, on the USS General W.H. Gordon.
Paper: 364 pp.