University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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UNL Stories
Accounts of NISEI Students attending the University during the war.
In Of Sacred Profanities, Patrick Sano observed that “Nebraska’s personal concern and belief in equality transcended the quota system and wartime restrictions, considering me not as an enemy, but restoring my rightful place among citizens. Although friends cautioned me of potential violent retaliation from irate citizens who lost sons, family members or relatives in the Pacific war, I left Poston with the endorsement from my mother who believed in the goodness of people and the providence of God. My mother’s optimism and faith proved to be true. Neither hatred nor violence, predicted by my friends, were heard or committed in Nebraska. Instead, the people called Nebraskans manifested amity and brotherhood.” Sano, Patrick Of Sacred Profanities [Apple Valley, CA : The Author, 1999]


Pharmacy College Students

Nisei students were involved in many areas of study. For example, E. Kimuta, a student in the College of Pharmacy, is shown in this image from the 1945 Cornhusker Yearbook.



Miye Yamagishi, another Nisei student, wrote to Elsie Ford Piper in a letter dated 10 April 1945, that "I am a girl of Japanese ancestry whose educational plans were interrupted by the wartime measure of coastal evacuation." She hoped to continue her studies and explained: "I wish to resume my studies again from this fall and at present am trying to find a suitable institution."


Engineering Sophmores

This image from the 1945 Cornhusker Yearbook shows engineering sophmore Takaro Nakae taught by T. T. Aakhus


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