In the 1930s, America as a whole was a place with little tolerance towards people of different color (Native Americans were to live on reservations, African-Americans, Asians, and other minorities were barred from many jobs due to race). Already segregated by years of racial... ... middle of paper ... ...compensation for property losses as a consequence of the evacuation and internment. It was not until 1988 that the government officially apologized for the Japanese-American Internment and $20,000 was paid out to individuals who had been interned or relocated. The Japanese-American Internment experience lasted from 1942-1946. Approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans were affected.
Americans feared disloyalty of Japanese citizens, they believed that even American-born and raised Japanese were an “unassailable race [that can’t fit into American culture].” Some Americans believed that Asians should be deported to “preserve white racial purity.” The order stated that the internments were necessary due to the, “successful prosecution of the war [that] requires every possible protection against espionage and against sabotage to natio... ... middle of paper ... ... internment camp was closed in 1945. When the internees were free, they were conflicted because they had no life to go back to. They had abandoned everything and lost their families. Some remained in the US and rebuilt their lives, while others were unforgiving to the United States and returned to Japan. Hostility against Japanese Americans remained to prosper high across the West Coast.
The core of the Japanese experience in Canada lies in the shameful and almost undemocratic suspension of human rights that the Canadian government committed during World War II. As a result, thousands of Japanese were uprooted to be imprisoned in internment camps miles away from their homes. While only a small percentage of the Japanese living in Canada were actually nationals of Japan, those who were Canadian born were, without any concrete evidence, continuously being associated with a country that was nothing but foreign to them. Branded as “enemy aliens”, the Japanese Canadians soon came to the realization that their beloved nation harboured so much hate and anti-Asian sentiments that Canada was becoming just as foreign to them as Japan was. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Canadians lost almost everything, including their livelihood.
How would you feel as a child, having to be taken away to an internment camp? The Pearl Harbor bombing in 1941 was devastating. It brought pain to friends and families who lost loved ones. Not only them but the Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps. They were considered “unfit” and dangerous to live in American communities.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 not only devastated America’s naval ships, but also severed America’s trust of anyone with Japanese heritage. As a result, millions of Japanese-Americans were excluded from society, and countless Japanese people (both alien and native born) were locked away in internment camps across America. In Americans’ eyes, every Japanese-American was a terrorist waiting to strike. When World War II broke out, America tried to stay out of the war as much as possible. But, when Germany declared war on America on December 11, 1941, America had a shortage of soldiers.
Many Japanese Americans faced starvation, horrible living quality, and a large distance away from what they knew as home. These Japanese immigrants were always treated with discrimination in America; however, after Pearl Harbor they were forced to leave their homes, live in internment camps, and face prejudice for the years following. The events leading up to the internment camps for these Japanese citizens and immigrants start in the 19th century. During the eighteen hundreds many Japanese citizens moved to America in the hope of economic prosperity. They did find jobs; however, they were the left over jobs no Americans wanted like clearing out mountains for the railways with dynamite.
These terrible conditions left a lasting effect on the culture of the Japanese-Americans. They tried to rebel against these camps, even though the Supreme Court concluded that it was just a wartime requirement. Congress tried to apologize to the victims by rewarding them with a cash sum, but the damage had been done, and this has left a scar on America’s non-segregated freedom. Japanese American internment was triggered by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which caused internment camps and relocation, and provided long lasting effects on the history of the Japanese-American culture. The American forces pla... ... middle of paper ... ...born people were forced to sell everything they had, and they could only take what they could carry with them to the camps.
Before World War II there were many japanese immigrants moving into the United States of America. Many of them lived on the west coast to become farmers. Then on December 7, 1941 every Americans view towards the Japanese changed. After the Pearl Harbor bombings, many Americans believed that the Japanese living in America had something to do with the bombings, this led to the Japanese living on the west coast to be moved into Japanese American Internment Camps. The residents in these camps lost many of their human rights while living in these camps.
For one, they were both relocation centers for groups of people during WWII. Also, campers were in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions where they were being mistreated for beliefs of nationality. However, the camps in Japan were much more brutal than the Internment camps in the US. In the Japanese relocation camps prisoners were not there for final execution like Americans seemed to be in the pacific. Nearly half were forced to work as slave laborers, and about forty percent of American POWs died in Japanese captivity.
Laws were passed to keep people of Japanese descent from becoming citizens or becoming property owners. Their entire lives were modeled by anti-Japanese laws in the early 1900’s it got so bad that they could not even marry in the U.S. unless it was to another person of Japanese descent. So by the time WWII came around the anti-Japanese agenda had a large following. Perl Harbor was just the push it needed to gain backing my Politicians publicly and it spread like wildfire. The Japanese came to this country for a better life and were discriminated against the entire time.