Baby Identification Bracelet

Even though Japanese Americans were confined to the concentration camps, they tried as hard as they could to carry on normal life. This meant everyday things as well as celebrating events like birthdays, life, and death. A lot of babies were born within camps, and the prisoners within the incarceration camps would still gather and celebrate these moments.
The hospital made bracelets like these to distinguish between the babies that were born within camp. The baby this bracelet identified was Marlene Shigekawa. She was born in the Poston concentration camp, but later in life she was known for writing a children's book about the Japanese American incarceration, "Blue Jay in The Desert". The book talks about how blue jays, much like the Japanese Americans, don't belong in the desert, and how the blue jay represents the Japanese ideals of loyalty and bravery. This story is truly represented in the way Japanese Americans acted when they were incarcerated, they were incredibly brave, and tried to carry on normal life as best they could.
place made
United States: Arizona, Poston
Physical Description
beads (overall material)
thread (overall material)
iron (overall material)
overall: 2 in x 2 in x 1/8 in; 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm x .3175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Marlene Shigekawa
World War II
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Executive Order 9066
Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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