Japanese Internment Essay

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The Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedom today are well known internationally for encouraging multiculturalism, protecting individual rights and being inclusive of immigrants and refugees from other countries. Unfortunately, Canadian policies were very different several decades ago as they had a surprising history of discrimination and racism, especially towards Japanese Canadians. When Canada entered the Second World War [WWII], the country was not only at war with Nazi Germany, but also with the Japanese Empire. Compounded with the fear and distrust of Japanese immigrants that started even before WWII, Canadian policies became increasingly more prejudice against those of Japanese descent, to the point where Japanese Canadians were interned. Although the Canadian government acknowledged its prejudice policies and gave monetary restitutions to those directly affected by the internment, it could have done a lot more to compensate the Japanese Canadian, as the pain and suffering experienced by the Japanese Canadians were unforgettable and scarring, the amount of restitution paid by the Canadian government was much less than what was paid by other governments who had similar discriminatory policies, and the negative impact of internment on the Japanese culture and descendants in Canada.
Although the Canadian government reimbursed Japanese Canadians for their suffering during internment, the government did not admit full responsibilities for all the direct and indirect torturous acts it subjected Japanese Canadians to in WWII. About 22, 000 (7) people of Japanese of descent (men, women and children), 75% of whom were Canadian citizens (3.5), were forced from their homes and to live in crowded, small, unhygienic internment cam...

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... more to amend its wrongs. The Canadian government failed to account for many of the physical pains that were inflicted on Japanese Canadians and psychological damages caused by Japanese-Canadian discrimination. Also, the Canadian government should have considered the fact that many other countries, such as America and Germany, have done much more than Canada to reimburse victims of extreme racism and discrimination. In general, although Canada was right in recognizing its wrongs with interning Japanese Canadians, the government should have realized that the restitutions given to Japanese Canadians was not enough to redress for the pain that was inflicted. The government of Canada should have followed the examples of Germany and America, and should have, at least, returned the Japanese Canadian-owned possessions that were sold during WWII. (Need to work on ending)

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