Internment Camps or Prisons: The Struggle of a Japanese American During World War II

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In the middle of WW II, many Americans were worrying about their next meal or about the house payments; however, this wasn’t the case for Japanese Americans. Instead, they were worrying about if they were going to eat and if they were going to have a house due to internment camps. These camps were designed to protect and nurture the Japanese from the American people who were persecuting them. However, these camps did little good beyond that. 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 dangerous jobs were really the only jobs that the Japanese had to choose from due to the extreme racism they faced in America. The Americans, who were not fond of the Japanese people, feared that American jobs belonged to the American people and not immigrants who had little training. When the United States passed the Immigration Act of 1924, many Japanese immigrants seeking economic opportunity were sent back home and were not allowed to live in America. After this Act was passed, not as many Japanese citizens were allowed into the country. Even with this law, some Japanese Immigrants still... ... middle of paper ... ...and the working hours were usually long and tiring. This made their dream of gaining everything they had lost even harder when they could barely give their families enough food. As the years went on, the discrimination decreased and more jobs were open, but the treatment was still evident. These Japanese Americans were stripped of all of their rights during this time period. While most of America was getting back into shape with jobs and living conditions, these Japanese internees were denied that right. They were sent to these internment camps for protection; however all they received was injustice. Protection is supposed to be safe and without worry, and confinement is supposed to be punishment and isolation. The more in depth research goes, on Japanese Internment, both protection and confinement seem to have the same meaning in terms of internment camps.

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