Nisei at Oberlin, World War II Years
During World War II, Oberlin welcomed Japanese American students and provided them with an opportunity to be in an environment where they could live and study without barriers or concern for their safety. There was concern about the allegiance of the Japanese Americans to the American and Allied effort against Japan during the war and some demanded that they remain in the relocation camps. The editorial by Charles Mosher and the letter of Robert Thomas (featured in the exhibit) provide evidence of Oberlin’s commitment in supporting the Japanese Americans.
For Cassie Guevara's (Class of 2013) blog post on the Japanese American students at Oberlin during World War II, see her blog, Ikiru--To Live. The Chronicles of a Filipino American in Japan.