• i Photocopied from material belonging to the Division of Special Collections & University Archive, University of Oregon Libraries. This photocopy is for research use only. Further reproduction or citing requires permission. Please contact us at tibweb. uoregon. edu/ speccoll/ \ ATIONAL JAPANESE AMERICAN STUDENT RELOCATION COUNCIL 1201 CHESTNUT STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA JOHN W. NASON, National Chairman C. V. HIBBARD, National Director THOMAS R. BODINE, Field Director RITTENHOUSE 9372 k— v April 20, 1943 Deer Friends of Student Relocation on the West Coast: It is fun to be reporting again to you. Back in February, when Railway Express astonished us by moving all our files and office supplies 3,000 miles in five days, it seemed a little as if distance must inevitably make your interest die. But as the work of Student Relocation rolls on in the new quarters, we realize how close you still are to it and how deeply you are concerned. It is a real pleasure to be writing and to ask if you will send us any suggestions that come to you as you glance through this report. The latest statistics tell the story of what has been accomplished to date, most of it under your guidance in the offices out there. Students are now enrolled in some 175 institutions in 37 different states. There have been no untoward incidents. Except for worries over where_ next year's tuition money is coming from, the students all write joyous-ly. Kenji Okuda was elected president of the student council at Oberlin College. Lillian Ota has been offered graduate fellowships by four different universities. Tames Kubota met and talked with Mrs. Roosevelt. One success story after another REPORT OF PROGRESS - APRIL 15, 1943 Students accepted by a college or who have some other relocation opportunity: Known to have arrived and thus definitely relocated 831 Have recently received their leaves and travel permits and may or may not have arrived. 189 In the works in Washington and in Philadelphia 134 Temporarily postponed ( because we have lost contact with them, because their parents object to their going, because the community has turned sour or the college has changed its mind, or because the college has not been cleared for student relocation.) 117 Total of above 1271 1271 Students waiting for placement: • 1543 TOTAL'NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE APPLIED TO DATE: 2814 New applications continue to flow in at the rate of about 100 a month, many of them from the boys and girls who hope to graduate from the Project High Schools this spring. Nobody knows yet whether the Project High Schools with their limited facilities. will be able to grant diplomas that carry any Weight, Some Seattle schools have arranged- to- issue Seattle diplomas to their former students graduating this year from Project High Schools. When we first came East, leave applications for about 300 students were bogged down in over- worked Washington. Trudy King, an expediter dxtraordinaire has jimmied most of these out of the mire, thanks to the full- hearted cooperation of the WRA Leave Division. In most of these cases the leavesarrived too late for winter terms, but enable the recipients to go out at any time from now on. Lethargy and apathy grow steadily among the students still in the Centers. Compulsory registration left many scars. Some of the boys volunteered for the U. S. Army despite their strong feelings against being segregated into an all- Japanese combat The Membership of the Council appears on the reverse of this sheet.