Interrupted Lives: Japanese American Students
at the University of Washington, 1941–1942

Nikkei Students at the University of Washington

Jane Sadako Akiyama
UW Major / Department
Assembly Center
Relocation Center
With the help of the Nursing School Director at the University of Washington, Jane Sadako Akiyama and two other students were able to leave Seattle for the University of Colorado before the mass incarceration of the Nikkei community. Akiyama earned her B.S. in Nursing in 1944. After graduating, she spent less than a year at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago before returning home to Seattle due to her father's failing health. She then worked at Virginia Mason Hospital.

In 1950, Akiyama married Masaru Hamada. Shortly after their marriage, they left for Alaska, and returned to Seattle in 1952. They lived in the Washington, D.C. area from 1955 to 2003 before moving to New Mexico to be closer to family. They had one son and one daughter, and now have six grandchildren.


Source: Personal communication with J. Hamada.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 01, 2008

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