In many times throughout history groups of people have been discriminated against based on race or religion. These people receive inferior rights because of the discrimination. In some cases they do not get citizenship, in others they are segregated from others, and physically harmed. Two groups of people that faced discrimination near World War II (WWII) were the Jewish people and Japanese Americans. Both groups faced very different types of discrimination by different oppressors with different motives yet their treatment was very similar and many events paralleled each other. The treatment of Japanese in WWII internment camps was as harsh as the Holocaust's treatment of the Jewish people. The lead up to the Japanese Americans internment took place over many decades leading up to WWII. It began in the middle of the 19th century with the gold rush taking place in California. A large number of immigrants were coming to California because of the gold rush. However the Japanese were not among them. This was because Japan would not allow their people to emigrate to other countries. However that changed in 1868. With Americans becoming agitated by the number of Chinese immigrants they easily accepted Japanese instead of the Chinese. The Japanese immigration peaked after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The large number of Japanese who came to America soon began to be segregated at every opportunity possible. Such as building different schools for Japanese after an earthquake destroyed the current one. Also a law was passed that did not allow Japanese to come to America unless they could become citizens. Also earlier laws made it so that Japanese had to become citizens by being born in the United States (US). These... ... middle of paper ... ....com/Topics/Display/1187294?cid=41&terms=japanese+internment+camps>. "Holocaust." World History: The Modern Era. ABC Clio, n.d. Web. 4 May 2014. . "Japanese Americans." The War. PBS, n.d. Web. 11 May 2014. . "Japanese Internment." United States History. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. . McGrath, Jane. "Did the United States put its own citizens in concentration camps during WWII?" How Stuff Works. Discovery, n.d. Web. 11 May 2014. . "Relocation of Japanese Americans." The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2014.