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.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Arizona, Poston

Web Subject: World War II


See more items in: Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American, Executive Order 9066


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Credit Line: Gift of Marlene Shigekawa

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2016.0275.01Catalog Number: 2016.0275.01Accession Number: 2016.0275

Object Name: bracelet

Physical Description: beads (overall material)thread (overall material)iron (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2 in x 2 in x 1/8 in; 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm x .3175 cm


Record Id: nmah_1814224

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