How Did Japanese Internment

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Confinement of Freedom Throughout the entire United States in 1942, the nation incarcerated over 100,000 Japanese immigrants to internment camps (“Internment History.”). At this time, the United States just began their involvement in World War II against the Nazis and the Japanese. Panic and chaos struck the country when a bomb, now famous today, detonated in Pearl Harbor, HI. Although many envisage freedom when entering the United States, the Japanese received the opposite. Due to the racism afflicted by United States’ citizens during World War II, Japanese Americans, along with their future generations, suffered and still suffer from many physical and psychological hardships. After World War II started, Americans began to disrespect and harm Japanese immigrants who had just arrived in the United States in the 1890s. However, even before this war began, Japanese’s descent caused others to disrespect and mistreat them. Americans looked at them as a threat to the American life which brought out the segregation of Japanese people in schools (“Japanese Internment in America.”), the denial of naturalization, and the use of other public facilities (“Japanese Americans”). The abuses did not stop there. After the Pearl Harbor bombing in 1941, the Americans treated the Japanese even more poorly than before. Americans viewed anyone of Japanese descent as dangerous and disloyal (Ikeda). This led to the signing of the Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt in February 1942 which allowed the military to remove Japanese Americans from their homes and put them into internment camps (Ikeda). Because of these discriminating views made by the Americans, Japanese Americans suffered from a variety of effects in their relocation camps. In th... ... middle of paper ... ...e. Many of the internees probably did not have affiliations with the United States’ enemies in this war, but they still suffered from the prejudices held against them. Even those who did not live in the camps, but had an interned parent, indicated having similar psychological and health impacts as their relatives. Although the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 tried to restore the damages done to them, many imprisoned Japanese Americans died with injustice. While the struggles of the confined Japanese Americans seems unrepairable, this incident can help prevent future events similar to it from happening. In order for this to possibly occur, all people should consider the importance of minimizing racial prejudices, religious differences, and other discriminations and also the importance of keeping everyone aware of the unfair internment of over 100,000 Japanese Americans.

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