The Two Issei Fishermen of Terminal Island
Close-up of the centerpiece of this Memorial. Two Issei fishermen - one hauling a net, while the other pauses from repairing it with a net needle.
Black Current off our shore
Fishes so plentiful
Yet, hardships parents endured
And honor forever
Our village no more
-From the Memorial
Read a brief but excellent description here:
' The island was home to hundreds of first and second-generation Japanese prior to World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, all of the adult males were incarcerated by the FBI and the rest of the inhabitants were forced to evacuate their homes within 48 hours. The subsequent enactment of Executive Order 9066 sent all West Coast Japanese and Japanese-American citizens to internment camps. The entire village was razed to the ground.
Because of the relative geographical isolation of the island, the citizens developed their own culture and even their own dialect. After World War II, the Terminal Islanders, naturally, settled elsewhere. However, in 1971, they formed the "Terminal Islanders Club". Since its formation, the members have organized various events for the members. In 2002, the surviving second-generation citizens set up a memorial on Terminal Island to honor their parents. '