In the months after Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, all of USC’s Japanese-American students—known as Nisei—were forced to leave the university and enter internment camps. Now, in the spirit of reconciliation, USC is attempting to identify all of its WWII-era Nisei students, so the university may confer posthumous honorary degrees upon them—and present these degrees to their families.
University leaders are currently reviewing digitized images of handwritten records, photos and correspondence to identify an estimated 121 students. It is a painstaking process, one that is greatly aided by the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association, which is reaching out to the families of USC’s Nisei students. We are making headway, but we also need your help.
What happened to our Nisei students was a grave injustice. With your assistance, we can accord them the respect and dignity they deserve.
A list of Nisei students we believe attended USC in 1942. Please email us if you have any information about their family members. Check back regularly for updates.
As of December 15, 2021
Victor Nobuyuki Ito
Daisuke Dike Nagano
Roy Hideo Yamamoto
A list of Nisei students confirmed to have attended USC in 1942 will be posted here soon. Check back regularly for updates.