The 1942 Hayward Japanese-American Evacuation
After the bombing of Pearl harbor by Japan in December 1941, racially fueled anti-Japanese sentiment was rampant in the Western United States – especially in California.
While the larger story of the U.S. government’s response, “relocating” (i.e. imprisoning) 100,000 of its own American citizens of Japanese descent in remote camps throughout the country is fairly well known, it is less known that a large number of those relocated were “collected” in downtown Hayward in May of 1942. In fact, many of the most famous images that represent the start of relocation process were shot near the corner of C and Watkins street, near the present-day Hayward Public Library! During Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, the CSUEB Library commemorates the 70th anniversary of this shameful episode with a large poster and cabinet display of artifacts on the Upper Mall, near the elevators.