Imposed as a matter of national security, the
United States government interned
Japanese-Americans at campus in western states
starting in 1942. However, some college-age
internees were allowed to continue their
education far from home. UConn accepted nearly
20 of these students and was the only higher
education instutition in the state to do so.
Among the students welcomed to Storrs were two
standouts in football and baseball: William
Hayakawa, left, and Kay Kiyokawa, right. This
1944 photograph shows them with baseball coach
Photo courtesy University Archives
Some of UConn's Japanese-American
students of the 1940s returned to campus for a reunion October 16-19.
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