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from one of deep suspicion to that of favorable acceptance in most sections of the country. Without question, by the end of 1946 more Japanese-Americans were employed in work for which they had been trained than ever had been the case before the war, and those working in positions requiring less skill or training are as well off in this period of full employment as other Americans.” Relief and unemployment
The census of 1940 reveals that more than 7,600,000 persons of a total labor force of 52,800,000 were on emergency work or seeking work. This was 14.4 percent of the population. Only 0.08 percent of the alien Japanese labor force were on emergency relief work, such as WPA, NYA, CCC, and State and local projects, compared with 4.79 percent for the total population. Only 936 or 2.8 percent were unemployed, compared with 9.6 percent of the total population. These figures are important, in view of the greater proportion of Japanese aliens in the labor force and the differences in the median ages of the two groups. Before the war, the unemployment rate for persons 40 years of age or more rose rapidly and the unemployment rate for older workers was significantly higher than for younger workers. Table 12 compares the emergency employment and relief status of the foreign-born Japanese with the general population.
Six-tenths of 1 percent of American citizens of Japanese descent were on emergency relief work in 1940 and 4.2 percent were seeking work. TABLE 12.- Percentage of labor force on emergency work and seeking work, persons
of Japanese descent and total population, 1940
As with all groups of new Americans, the chief force in the Americanization process is the school. Daily contact with other population groups and formal instruction in language and customs do much to bridge the gap between old and new world orientation. The amount and type of education do much to determine for the individual both his outlook and his social position.
American citizens of Japanese descent have, on the average, completed more school years than the general population of the United States. The scholastic honors they have won and the extra-curricular activities they have engaged in, as noted by all who have analyzed the characteristics of this population group, show the diligence in study and the degree with which Japanese-Americans are accepted in intergroup activities. A comparison of the number of school years completed by those of Japanese descent with the general population is as follows: TAPLE 13.-School years completed, comparison of persons of Japanese descent and
total population (includes only those over 25 years of age)
The median number of school years completed by those over 25 years of age in this group of foreign-born Japanese was 8.3, compared with 8.4 for the total population of the United States. A comparison by sex with the general population follows:
TABLE 14.- Median number of school years completed for those 25 years old and
About 8.5 percent of the foreign-born Japanese had no schooling, 25 percent were high-school graduates, and over 4 percent were college graduates. This compares with 3.7 percent of the total United States population over 25 years of age with no schooling; 14.1 percent who graduated from high school; 4.6 percent who were college graduates.
The median number of school years completed by American citizens of Japanese descent who were over 25 was 12.2 compared with 8.3 for the foreign-born Japanese and 8.4 for the general population. This means that in 1940, more than half of all American citizens of Japanese descent had at least a high-school education. Over 8 percent of American citizens of Japanese descent (over 25) were college graduates, compared with 4.2 percent of the Japanese aliens and 4.6 percent of the general populatoin.
Comparison of median years of school completed by persons of Japanese descent and the total population of the Western States where the Japanese population was concentrated is shown:
Table 15.-Median school years completed, persons over 25 years of age of Japanese
descent, and general population of Western States, 1940
Records kept by the War Relocation Authority disprove a common contention that American citizens of Japanese descent have received most of their education in Japan.
About 75 percent, or 53,000 of the 73,000 investigated, had never been to Japan. Of the 20,000 who spent some time in Japan, 10,000 did not go to school there. In other words, about 10,000, or one-seventh, spent some time in Japanese schools. Religion
A survey conducted by the WRA in 1942 of 38,520 foreign-born Japanese and 72,650 American citizens of Japanese descent revealed the data shown on the following page regarding their religious preferences. It will be noted that later generations have shifted from oriental religions.
TABLE 16.—Religious preferences of American citizens of Japanese descent and
foreign-born Japanese, 1942
(Percent of total]
i Popular Shinto (not related to Emperor worship).
Modern cult based on Buddhist teachings, oriental philosophy, and Christian Science. Crime 2
Arrests.-Available criminal records do not make it possible to separate American citizens of Japanese descent from Japanese aliens. For this reason, the analysis on following pages is concerned with persons of Japanese descent, rather than with Japanese aliens. (There are no separate records for other groups ineligible to citizenship.)
According to the Uniform Crime Reports of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the total number of arrests for violation of State laws was 2,478,062 for the period 1935-39. The average annual rate according to race is shown below. The rate of arrest for the Japanese population was the lowest of the six groups studied.
TABLE 17.—Distribution of arrests according to race, annual average 1935–39,
excluding those under 15 years of age
The type and distribution of arrests of persons of Japanese descent for violation of State laws is of interest.
TabLE 18.-Number of arrests of persons of Japanese descent for violating State
laws, by cause of arrest, 1935-39
21 Auto theft.
4 Embezzlement and fraud
6 Stolen property
5 Forgery and counterfeiting
12 ? Examination of the literature relating to persons of Japanese ancestry has failed to reveal any comprehensive analysis of crime rates. In consequence, this material is developed in some detail,
TABLE 18.— Number of arrests of persons of Japanese descent for violating State
laws, by cause of arrest, 1935-39—Continued
Major crimes.-In the 5-year period, 1935–39, there were 1,049,922 persons who were arrested in the United States for the following major crimes: Criminal homicide; robbery; assault; burglary; larceny-theft; auto theft; embezzlement and fraud; possession of stolen property; forgery and counterfeiting; rape; arson; prostitution, commercialized vice, and other sex offenses; narcotic law violation; and illegal possession of weapons. The annual average total of these crimes was 209,984.
During this 5-year period, a total of 429 Japanese aliens and Americans of Japanese descent were arrested for these offenses. The annual average number of major crimes for these groups was 85.8.
A comparison of the major crime rate of those of Japanese descent with other segments of the population is shown in table 19. TABLE 19.—Comparison of crime rates, for major crimes by persons of Japanese
descent, native whites, foreign-born whites, negroes, average 1935-39 (excluding those under 15 years of age)
Females.—The uniform crime reports show that 178,471 females were arrested for violating State laws during the period 1935–39. The annual average number of females arrested during the period was 35,694. Only a total of 25 women of Japanese descent were arrested in this 5-year period for violating State laws. In 1938, the uniform crime reports failed to record any arrests of females of Japanese descent for violating any State laws.
In the 5-year period 1935–39, a total of 84,896 females were arrested in the United States for committing major crimes. The annual average number of arrests was 16,979. During that same period, 14 females of Japanese descent were arrested for committing major crimes. Their annual average was 2.8 arrests.
The ratio of total females arrested for major crimes to total males arrested for major crimes in the 5-year period was 8 to 100. The comparable ratio for those of Japanese descent was 3 to 100. The ratio of arrests for major crimes to total arrests was 42 to 100 for the total population; 36 to 100 for those of Japanese descent.
Causes. For the total population, the major cause of arrest during the 1935–39 period was for drunkenness, with 15 percent of all arrests for violation of State laws falling in that category: Of the serious crimes, the most common cause for arrest was larceny-theft, with 12 percent of all arrests for violation of State laws. About 20 percent of all persons of Japanese descent arrested were held for drunkenness compared with 17 percent of all whites arrested, 8 percent of all Negroes arrested, 30 percent of all Indians arrested, and 25 percent of all Mexicans arrested.
The chief cause for arrest among Negroes was for larceny-theft with 14 percent arrested for that reason. About 57 percent of all Chinese arrested were held for violating narcotic laws. Most minor arrests in the Chinese population were for gambling, with 14 percent falling in that category.
A more detailed analysis follows:
TABLE 20.—Cause of arrest, whites, Negroes, Chinese, Japanese, Indians, and
A complete break-down of the crime rate for various segments of the population for a typical prewar year is shown below in table 21.
TABLE 21.-Number of arrests of whites, Negroes, and persons of Japanese descent,
Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 1935, rate per 100,000 (f population (excluding those under 15 years of age)
5.1 12.9 16.5 33.0 51.3 13.3 12. 9 3.4 6.7 4.4 4.6 5.3 3.0 3.9 4.3 7.6 13.3 2. 2 4.4 15.0 45.4 29.8 3.5
5.3 3.6 22.9
8.4 21.6 2.1 7.1 4.4 2.6 2. 7 1.8 4.9 1.0 4.0 3.3 11.0 5.7
29. 1 39.7 128.7 100.0 181.6 17.5 14.4 10.4
6.5 11.4 14.2 9.9 6.2 26.8
.9 2.0 10.8 20.4 9.8 3.4
5.2 43.0 9.2 7.0 11.1 54.8 75.3 73 4 22. 7
15 4 1 1 17 3