The Japanese attack against the United States in Pearl Harbor happened so quickly that most Americans were captured in the opening weeks of World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, President Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066. This order authorized the evacuation of all Japanese Americans on the west coast to be placed into relocation centers. After this, over 120,000 Japanese Americans were taken out of their homes, piled into buses and cars, and forced into internment camps. With ten camps in all, they were located in California, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, and Arkansas.
The internment and cruel treatment of the Japanese in the U.S. stemmed from a fear of a full-pledged invasion from Japan and also from years of racial prejudice against the Japanese. Like the Chinese, the first Japanese immigrants were originally viewed as a cheap source of labor, but shortly after they became targets of anti-Asian campaigns, specifically called the “yellow peril.” This prejudice began as the Japanese slowly moved from farm laborers to farm owners and owners of small businesses. “As successful farmers, fruit growers, fishermen, and small businessmen, their ability to do well with little and to overcome great odds made them objects of envy by some members of the white community.” White Americans (specifically White Farmers) soon began to build a prejudice against the Japanese and supported the internment.. The Japanese were not the only minorities to be segregated. 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).
In 1942 Roosevelt signed the Executive order 9066 which forced all Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast. They were forced out no matter their loyalty or their citizenship. These Japanese-Americans were sent to Internment camps which were located in California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arkansas. There were ten camps all-together and 120,000 people filled them (2009). The immigrants were deprived of their traditional respect when their children who were American-born were indorsed authority positions within the camps.
Japanese internment was the outcome of Executive Order 9066 in 1942. It unjustly relocated and interned Japanese Americans of all ages due to racial ancestry. This travesty lasted three years and affected over 110,000 Japanese Americans living throughout the United States. The roots of this racial prejudice can be traced back to the 1800s. Prejudice against Asian American citizens began with Chinese laborers immigrating to America in the 1860s to find work.
This is a brief testimony of their fight against the Nazi regime. The Warsaw Ghetto By the middle of 1942, Jews in the ghettos realized that all their former residents were being murdered, not sent to labor camps. In the Warsaw Ghetto alone only 100,000 of the original 500,000 residents were still alive. As occurred time and time again, the Nazis called for all residents of the Warsaw Ghetto to report for "registration" and told them to bring two days worth of food. Every day for a week 10,000 Jews were sent to the death camps and 3,000 more were shot on site.
The treatment and internment of the Japanese-American people during World War II was unreasonable because many Japanese-Americans remained loyal to America, even though they were ostracized from American society. Although distrusted and disliked, many Japanese-Americans wanted to prove their loyalty to their new country. Many were pulled out of their internment camps and put into the Army; and turned out to be the most decorated unit in United States Military history. Many Japanese-Americans, before they were sent to internment camps, owned successful businesses and were loyal citizens. One man, Fred Korematsu, had plastic surgery done and changed his identity in order to stay out of internment camps; but was still captured.
In February of 1942, all of the Japanese on the West Coast of the United States were sent to internment camps. Japanese Internment Camps were established to keep an eye on everyone of Japanese decent. The internment camps were based on an order from the President to relocate people with Japanese Heritage. This meant relocating 110,000 Japanese people. “Two thirds of these people were born in America and were legal citizens, and of the 10 people found to be spying for the Japanese during World War II, not one was of Japanese ancestry” (Friedler 1).
In 1942, over 100,000 Japanese-Americans were imprisoned for doing nothing. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066, causing Japanese in the western part of the United States to relocate to special camps. Every Japanese-American person that was forced to relocate had to leave behind everything except for what they could carry. It was devastating for all people of Japanese heritage that were in the United States, and it was caused by the massive bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Air Force. Over 2400 Americans were killed during this attack, and all Japanese born people in the United States were feared to be spies or allies to the Japanese forces.
Because they are Japanese Ameican, they are different from the real American natives in their habits, w... ... middle of paper ... ...e, so they can be any Japanese at that time and their encounters are just a part of what all Japanese have experienced during World War Two. The second one is that having a name is a basic human right, and being deprived of the right to own a name is the most obvious symbol of their loss of identity. The author means to set the main nameless characters to attract the readers' attention and describe the hardship of Japanese Americans in the U.S at that time. This nameless application expresses that the war hurts the American Japanese deeply and also evokes the readers' sympathy for the Japanese. Works Cited Otsuka, Julie.
According to the Munson Report, 98% of Japanese-Americans were loyal to the U.S. This is an impressive number; however, in times of war, 2% sabotaging on mainland America was a major threat. A more startling fact that tarnished the Japanese-American reputation was the fact that Japan was rumored to have an extremely effective spy system on the West Coast. There were even some conspiracy theorists that rationalized that the sneaky Japanese were merely waiting for the right time to strike, as they did at Pearl Harbor. The people were scared of the Japanese, and in a democracy, the people have a voice.