Historians can only approximate the date when Japanese immigrants arrived in the Vaca Valley (estimated to be in 1887), but there is little dispute as to when the community vanished: Saturday, May 2, 1942. On that day, nearly 350 Vaca Valley residents – representing 11 percent of Vacaville township’s population and one-third of Solano County’s Japanese and Japanese-American population – were sent to internment camps established in the early frenzy of World War II.
Nearly 80 years after the Japanese community was uprooted from the Vaca Valley, little evidence of it remains. This book tells the story on the rich community we lost.
Author: Fern Henry
Publication date: 2001