The Loyalty Questionnaire

The questionnaire pictured below was used for both Selective Service purposes to identify possible military recruits among the interned population and for purposes of granting leave to live, work and go to school in midwestern and eastern cities. Approximately 8,000 internees identified as disloyal as a result of their answers to survey questions were sent to the Tule Lake camp in northeastern California.1

To Start You Thinking

1) Skim through the entire questionnaire. Would you be uncomfortable answering any of the questions? Explain.

2) Read questions #27 and #28 carefully. Imagine that you are an older Issei (born in Japan and an immigrant to the United States). You have not been allowed to become a U.S. citizen. Explain any difficulties you might have in answering these two questions.


1Alice Yang Murray, What Did the Internment of Japanese Americans Mean? Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2000), pp 15-16.

document from "Statement of United States Citizen of Japanese Ancestry," Washington D.C.: U.S. Printing Office, 1943 as found in the Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, document ID denshopd-p72-00004.

Last modified in March, 2017 by Rick Thomas