In the 1890s, Japanese immigrants started to settle in Oakland, California, building a community of more than 1,500 by the 1910s. This dramatic increase in growth was largely due to refugees from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake moving across the Bay. Oakland's continued growing with a variety of commercial and professional businesses, as well as cultural, educational, recreational and religious organizations.

The Japanese American population of Oakland was nearly 1,800 at the beginning of WWII, one of the largest in California. This population was abruptly uprooted by Executive Order 9066, ordering the relocation and imprisonment of Japanese Americans who lived near the west coast. Signed by president Franklin Delano Roosevelt on February 19th, 1942, it forced thousands of innocent people to give up their homes, jobs, and lives.

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