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

Nikkei Students at the University of Washington

Hajime Jimmie Akutsu
Hometown
Seattle
UW Major / Department
Engr
Class
So
Assembly Center
Relocation Center
Mindoka
Jim Akutsu was born in Seattle in 1920 and majored in engineering at the University of Washington. He resisted the draft and was sentenced to two years at the federal penitentiary at McNeil Island. After the war, Akutsu returned to Seattle and worked for the city as a civil engineer. His experiences resisting the draft became the model for John Okada's novel No No Boy. Jim Akutsu married and had 2 children. He died on September 22, 1998.
 
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