How Incarceration Impacted Japanese Americans

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How Incarceration Impacted Japanese Americans
Introduction
The forced eradication of Japanese & Japanese Americans from their homes within California, Washington, & Oregon from 1942 to 1946 brought suffering and personal loss to various communities. After the camps, Japanese were told to resettle within Midwest and East and avoid returning to hostile West Coast. Most communities perished and were never restored. For instance, as people started resettlement, Japanese communities like San Francisco Nihonmachi & Los Angeles Little Tokyo were ripped by urban renewal. The aim of this paper is to discuss the long term impacts like racism, economic loss and generational changes of this regrettable episode of American history upon the Japanese community.
The life in camps was a bitter experience for the Japanese community as it presented them with some of the harsh things to cope with. This brought tectonic changes to their relationships specially the gender relations, for instance, between 1908 and 1924, many of Japanese women; that is, over 33,000 immigrants entered the United States with various reasons. The “Gentlemen’s Agreement” of 1908 limited access of Japanese laborers into the country, although it authorized immigration of wives, parents, and children of laborers already staying in the United States. Altogether, the immigration Act (1924) eliminated immigration of Japanese altogether.
Some Japanese women joined United States to reunite with their husbands while others journeyed as newlyweds with their husbands who had gone to Japan to get wives. Also, others came alone as brides to join Issei men who avoided excessive travel costs or army conscription. After settling down, these women were met with uncommon food, clothing, c...

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...ies to sell their stores, homes and most of the assets at a fraction of their original value since they were not sure of their livelihoods and homes thereafter. Until completing of the camps, majority of evacuees were restrained in temporary places like stables within local racetracks.
Nearly two-thirds of interns were either Japanese Americans or Nisei. The condition also forced the World War I veterans to leave their homes. Later on, ten camps were lastly established within remote places of seven western states whereby housing was Spartan mostly having tarpaper barracks. Families dined in communal mess halls while children were expected to attend school. With adults having the chance to work for $5 per day, the US government expected interns to make camps self-sufficient through farming to generate food. Unluckily, cultivation on arid soil was a bit challenging.

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