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A letter to the Springfield Ma Y's Men's Club from Fred Hoshiyama (March 19, 1943)

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A letter to the Springfield Ma Y's Men's Club from Fred Hoshiyama (March 19, 1943)
A letter to the Springfield Massachusetts Y's Men's Club written by Fred Hoshiyama and dated March 19, 1943. The letter is addressed to Mr. Maurice Chaffin. The letter is in response to a March 3, 1943 visit and talk to Y's Men's club. It speaks directly to Hoshiyama's experience as a Japanese American who was detained in the Internment Camps in the United States after Pearl Harbor. Fred Hoshiyama was part of a special program that brought him and other young Japanese American Men to Springfield College to receive a College Degree during the war. The letter is taken from a scrapbook on the Springfield Y's Mens Club activities.
Hoshiyama, Fred Y.
March 19, 1943
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Springfield Mass. Y's Men's Club Papers
International Association of Y's Men's Clubs
International Young Men's Christian Association
Springfield College
Springfield College--International
Springfield College--Alumni and alumnae
World War, 1939-1945
International Young Men's Christian Association College
Young Men's Christian Association of North America
Hoshiyama, Fred Y.
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
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Fred Y. Hoshiyama lived his entire life in association with the YMCA. In 1942, he was interred at the Government Internment Camp in Utah, where he helped to create YMCA-based programs to help address the social, educational, and recreational needs of the Japanese-Americans held in the camp. An offer to study at Springfield College provided Hoshiyama with an early release from the camp. In 1946, he served as the community youth program director in Honolulu (Hawaii), before returning to San Francisco in branch executive roles. In 1971, he was appointed associate staff of the national program and Urban Development Division. He developed National Youth Program Using Mini-Bikes (NYPUM), a program that eventually engaged 250,000 high-risk youth in productive activities. From 1976 to 1983, he assisted in the formation of the National Association of Student YMCAs. In retirement, Hoshiyama continued to serve in numerous training and consulting roles, maintaining an active presence in Y-USA’s Principles and Practices training.
Only the letter has been digitized. The rest of the page is not represented in this digital file;
Part of the Springfield Y's Men's Club Scrapbook, page 21