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Excerpt from the 1942 
 Occidental College yearbook La Encina, page 128. 
From left to right:  Dr. L. Reed Brantley, professor of chemistry, Ted Tajima (standing), Iko Tanzawa, 
John Nishiyama, and Mary Kariya

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Relocation of Occidental College Students

Almost immediately following the declaration of war in 1941, President Remsen Bird, faculty and administrators of Occidental College took action to assure current and prospective Occidental students they could continue their college education. 

The earliest letter in the Occidental College Library collection dates December 10, 1941. Barely three days after the Pearl Harbor attack, student Sinpachi Kanow wrote to Bird, relating an incident of the previous day when his brother was prevented from boarding a bus in Los Angeles. Worried that what happened would not be an isolated case, Kanow decided to withdraw from school, noting that "I am bitterly disappointed in not being able to continue with my schooling". On December 11, Bird wrote Kanow back, urging him not give up his plans.


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