Japanese Internment

opinion Essay
1165 words
1165 words

The Japanese Internment

Throughout history, Canada has relatively been a supporter of multiculturalism. In the past Canada has had very few racial conflict, although there has been one incident which has had quite a controversial effect about human rights violations and discrimination. This thorn in Canada's side is the Japanese Internment which took place during the second world war.
The Japanese Internment took place between the years of 1941 and 1949. At the time most of the Japanese population was concentrated in British Columbia, on the West Coast of Canada. The Japanese first immigrated to Canada to work on the rail road in 1900. By 1921 the Japanese population numbered nearly 16000 people and had possessed nearly half of the fishing licenses in British Columbia. In 1941 23000 Japanese were living throughout Canada.
On December 7 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. After the attack there government took all Japanese owned boats, radios, and cameras. After the public pressured the government, and they took action and the government moved all Japanese from a 100 mile wide security strip along the B.C. coast. Later the government gave a further statement that declared that all people of Japanese origin were considered aliens until the end of World War II.
In the first year of the war the 21000 Japanese who were affected by the war regulations, were sent to various provinces across Canada. The government assured the provinces that the Japanese would stay in agriculture and would be removed after the war, at the provinces request.
The remaining 12000 Japanese were taken to Interior Housing Centers in the middle of B.C. These housing centers consisted of four abandoned mining towns and two completely new communities. During the internment the Canadian Government claimed all the Japanese's land and possessions and sold them for a factor of the original cost. The government called this land claim's.
After the internment and the war, the Prime Minister at the time Makenzie King started to deport Japanese back to Japan. 4000 Japanese Canadians were deported before Makenzie King canceled the deportation order in 1947. In many peoples opinion the cancellation orders were 7 years too late.
There are many arguments which have arisen in Canada because of the Japanese Internment. Many positions have been stated as well as many different points of view. One of the major arguments is the factor of segregation and discrimination that were implied during the internment.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that canada has been a supporter of multiculturalism, although there have been some controversial incidents about human rights violations and discrimination. the japanese internment occurred during the second world war.
  • Explains that the japanese internment took place between 1941 and 1949. the japanese first immigrated to canada to work on the rail road in 1900.
  • Narrates how japan attacked pearl harbor in 1941, taking all japanese owned boats, radios, and cameras from a 100 mile security strip along the b.c. coast. the government declared all people of japanese origin were considered aliens until the end of world war ii.
  • Narrates how the government assured the provinces that the japanese would stay in agriculture and be removed after the war.
  • Explains that the remaining 12000 japanese were taken to interior housing centers in the middle of b.c.
  • Explains that the prime minister at the time madenzie king started to deport japanese back to japan.
  • Argues that the british columbia government and the federal government were trying to separate and segregate all japanese immigrants from the rest of canada.
  • Explains that japan was one of the countries opposing the allied powers, but the japanese were the only race that was interned.
  • Explains why the canadian government interned the japanese canadians. the government had no proof of war crimes, or espionage that was suspected of them.
  • Opines that the internment in the end was useless because the japanese didn't help canada at all.
  • Explains that even before the war, racial prejudice towards the japanese was shown by the government.
  • Concludes that a majority of people feel that the government acted upon the japanese canadians unfairly using segregation, discrimination and prejudice, to separate them from the rest of canada.
  • Opines that the canadian government might have acted fairly upon the japanese considering the situation, but there are many other sides, perspectives, and aspects.
  • Opines that the japanese internment is a big part of canada's past, and history. the mistakes of world war ii will help canada grow and learn how to act in similar situations.
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