The Rohwer Outpost. Vol. III, No. 30 and Vol. III, No. 32. Barry Saiki, ed.
The Rohwer Outpost. Vol. III, No. 30 and Vol. III, No. 32.
The Rohwer Outpost. Vol. III, No. 30 and Vol. III, No. 32.
The Rohwer Outpost. Vol. III, No. 30 and Vol. III, No. 32.

The Rohwer Outpost. Vol. III, No. 30 and Vol. III, No. 32.

Rohwer, Arkansas: Rohwer Relocation Project, 1943. 4to (14” x 8.5”), leaves stapled together in upper left corner. [10] pp. each, with the first 6 pp. printed in English and the last 4 pp. in Japanese.

Two issues of a scarce newspaper produced at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas, each containing a four-page Japanese language supplement.

One of ten Japanese internment camp newspapers issued during WWII, The Rohwer Outpost was produced biweekly from 1942 to 1945. Camp newspapers such as the Outpost kept the incarcerated informed of announcements from the camp’s administration, orders, events, news from other camps, and other matters relating to daily camp life. The 13 Oct. issue includes an article about the upcoming arrival of a WAC recruiter; a report on someone shooting at Japanese Americans doing farm labor in Provo, Utah; a session on resettlement issues held for women only; outside employment opportunities; recent sporting events, and numerous other topics. The 20 Oct. issue includes articles on the million pounds of produce grown and harvested at Rohwer up to the preceding month; cuts to gasoline usage and the resulting curtailment of outside travel; the first anniversary Engei-Kai (similar to a talent show); a follow-up on the earlier report about the Provo shooting; a propagandistic article about the dangers of "self-pity,” and more.

The first issue of The Outpost appeared on 24 Oct. 1942, five weeks after the camp started receiving inmates. Initial issues consisted of six pages, typed and mimeographed in the camp. As with other camp newspapers, the staff members were mainly inmates with previous newspaper experience. In its inaugural issue, the editors expressed their hope to create a “good,” “readable” newspaper with “interesting features, straightforward editorials, unusual happenings.” Bean Takeda and Barry Saiki were the original co-editors; however, apparent differences in editorial direction broke up their partnership. Nevertheless, Takeda and Saiki each took turns as editor-in-chief. While other WRA centers often censored the contents of inmate newspapers, many inmates at Rohwer believe the Outpost was uncensored by the administration during Saiki's editorship and likely later as well. The 24 Dec. 1942 issue saw the arrival of the Jiho, a four-page Japanese language supplement which was largely a direct translation of the English paper. The newspaper's last issue was published on 21 July 1945, and the Rohwer War Relocation Center closed on 30 Nov. 1945.

REFERENCES: Rohwer Outpost (newspaper) at encyclopedia.densho.org.

CONDITION: Very good, toning, light foxing and occasional short tears to edges of 13 Oct. issue, and first leaf detached.

Item #6645

Price: $650.00

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