The Canadian Government was faced with the treat of this possible change. If the Japanese were to roam free during this time, what is to say that a small group of loyal Japanese could not have started a subversive group? The Japanese government could have also paid some of the Japanese's in Canada substantial amounts of money to spy for them. Although many Japanese living in Canada would be patriotic to Canadian cause, there would be some that would align themselves with Japan, which could be seen as a potential threat to Canada.
Since there was a huge influx of Japanese Americans in the West Coast, there was anger and fear that they might take over the U.S [Yellow Peril]. The imminence of the World War II solidified the motive to be afraid of the Japanese Americans and created cause for the U.S government to lead them to internment. Surprisingly even though Americans boasted about democracy, most of the Nikkei placed in internment were American citizens by law and had no right to be incarcerated. After 30 years, President Ford, the current chief of staff reversed Executive Order 9066. He stated that it was wrong to detain Nikkei as they were loyal to America.
Like all issues involving race or war, the question of whether or not it was legal and ethical to make Japanese Americans move to relocation camps in early WWII is a difficult and sort of a controversial problem. It might have been controversial because during World War II the United States did not put German Americans and Italian Americans into camps as they did with the Japanese Americans, even though Germany, Japan and Italy were allies. The internment of around 50,000 Japanese citizens and approximately 70,000 Japanese-American people born in the U.S. living in the American West Coast has become known as a mistake. The government even set up numerous projects to apologize to the Japanese American citizens who were wronged by them. Still, at the time that the decision to relocate was made the actions were constitutionally legal and seen by many as not needed.
Other than poverty, the Canadian mainstream society was another sign that Canada did not fully welcome immigrants. Discrimination would not have been a problem at the immigrants’ own country, coming to Canada; it became an additional factor that counted as an obstacle for them. It would be fair to say that poverty and discrimination on Canadian immigrants only became more subtle since the 1950s comparing to how immigrants were welcomed to Canada today.
This event serves as a warning to all that racial profiling and stereotyping, even during wartime, should not be implemented. Once 9/11 happened, the government could have secluded all Muslims and Arabs in internment camps and would have maliciously repeated history. It is inspiring to think that we have learned from mistakes and may not repeat them. To answer whether we learned from detaining Japanese Americans, then the answer would be yes; however, Samuel Eliot Morison sums the wars up as “tactically brilliant, and strategically imbecilic”. After Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were not r... ... middle of paper ... ...worse?
They understand and even some might agree that Canada is not currently suffering from a brain drain but there definitely is a problem and if it is not addressed by the government fast then there will be a major threat to the economy of Canada and then there will definitely be a BRAIN DRAIN. McKinsey & Company describes the Brain Drain as “WAR FOR TALEN”, it is a battle of quality rather than quantity so even though the statistical eviden... ... middle of paper ... ...ment does not lower taxes and other economic forces such as post secondary educational subsidies, then we will not only lose our brains but also our most reputable companies (Nortel) will move and establish themselves someplace where talent is found. Bibliography: · William Watson. (1999) “The Brain Drain Campaign” Policy Options Politiques. September.
The start of the First World War brought a strong distaste for immigrants. People hoping to assimilate by working in the American community were quickly faced with troubles. Immigrants from countries in Eastern Europe (specifically in the Slovak region) were discouraged from working and the new motto “100% American” began t... ... middle of paper ... ...o provide for those in our own country. We continued the seperation of races by making generalizations about races.A hundred twenty thousand people of Japanese ancestry from the United States were sent to live in war relocation camps due to the fact that they “might” be involved with future attacks on the United States (The Great Depression and World War II, 2007). Although many of these Japanese people were US citizens, based on misconceptions that they could endanger our country even our President was fooled.
I think our national perspective on this event has changed slightly since it happened. While we understand that the bombs were dropped in order to save thousands of American lives, we are not encumbered with the fear and prejudice that Americans at the time were, so the image of so many Japanese does not have the same effect on us as it did on Americans at the time, and we are also more able to sympathize more with the Japanese as we have more documents describing their experiences. From this event, we can learn that while atomic bombs are powerful and can end wars quickly, they should be dropped sparingly, and even if they are dropped to save the lives of fellow countrymen, they kill thousands of others. All lives should be accounted for during a war, and deaths should be minimized regardless of nation. There is always missing
As WWI continued exports to Germany decreased as they greatly increased for Great Britain (Doc 1b). The U.S. still favored Great Britain and its allies and were not very neutral in trade. It raises the question if Germany was wrong to sink merchant ships. In response to the destruction of passenger and merchant ships Wilson wrote notes to the German leadership and made strong protests against their actions (Doc 2). Germany promised to stop the attacks, but later broke their promise leading to the U.S. entering the war.
As government reports rushed to the conclusion that Japanese Americans aided and abetted the attack, the wheels of the internment machinery began turning. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which a... ... middle of paper ... ...l happen if we make such mistakes today? Consider another analogy with the internment. In Hirabayashi, the Court noted that because American society had discriminated against the Japanese legally, politically, and economically, they had been kept from assimilating and integrating into mainstream society. Exactly right.