America was tuning into the disgust of the Japanese through propaganda. Posters indicated the horror in Southeast Asia, depicting Japanese soldiers beating and murdering Americans (Document B). Casualty statistics were also printed on the posters, adding to America’s animosity towards Japan. The United States had a tool to stop all of this, not only to protect American lives, but also to prevent the death of millions
It all started when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, causing the U.S. citizens to be extremely furious and unite the support of media to create propagandas. The Japanese are portrayed with slanted small eyes and buck teeth- undermining the intelligence of their race; moreover, they were even dehumanized and depicted as animals. The U.S media was very biased when comparing the Chinese to the Japanese. While the Chinese man had an amiable appearance and a slender body, the Japanese had an unpleasant frown on his face and was described as short and stout (Miles). The article “WWII Propaganda: The Influence of Racism” also states that “The Chinese man’s occupation implies that he helps people, while the title of Japanese warrior alludes to danger and disloyalty,” (ibid).
Japanese Crucible Clarence Drewa Hour: Last Over 127,00 U.S. citizens were imprisoned during World War 2 just because of having japanese ancestry. Putting the Japanese Americans into internment camps shows how there was hatred and unjust behavior towards one another in America. This is also shown in Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible”. The Crucible and the Japanese internment camps also have something in common, they both were caused by hysteria and greed. In both of these incidents, the people that were being accused were average citizens.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Americans were fearful of further Japanese attacks on the West Coast and also of Japanese Americans. In response to this fear, President Roosevelt passed an executive order relocating all people of Japanese descent from the West Coast inland. Similar to the fear of the American people, the witch hunts in the novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller led people to believe that girls in the town were being bewitched. Mass hysteria caused multiple arrests for accusations and even death for the so called “witches”. The theme of fear in both the Crucible and the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII caused people to be easily persuaded with the use of pathos and logos.
Many people were killed from the many bombs dropped upon Pearl Harbor, destroying many important battleships and aircrafts used in wars. After the bombing America´s course had changed into a war ground. During WWII and WWI America had tried to stay out of the war only giving support to Britain, France, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, The Soviet Union, and China. But with the push from
As well as the fact that many Japanese held dual citizenship, meaning they were able to travel freely throughout both America and Japan. This worried many officials, leading to the suspicion that Japanese-Americans had been conspiring against the United States from under their very noses, thinking that perhaps maybe the enemy lie in the very grounds of which they slept. Furthermore leading to the legalization of Executive order 9066 by the Supreme Court. It has been pointed out that Japanese-Americans had been singled out and punished due to the fact that they were the only ones among the axis nations that had attacked the United States. Even though no record records that any Japanese-Americans ever rebelled against the United States, during that time no one could be sure, (Point/Counterpoint: The Japanese-American
The man represents the issue many faced after the bomb of helping people or staying and risking their life as well trying to save another person. The bombing of Pearl Harbor targeted the Americans Navy. When America bombed Hiroshima, they did intend to target some Japanese military but mostly destroyed the civilian population. This
The American girl reprimands her Japanese friend for her actions of having a big mouth. The big mouth of the Japanese girl symbolizes how the Americans take the Japanese. Most Americans believed that the Japanese leaked secrets of America to destroy their country. Conclusion In conclusion, the two literary works have the American identity as a central theme. People from different cultures seem to be split between their culture and America.
Another example of man being cruel to others is in the Nanking massacre on December 13, 1937. According to Brian Guthrie’s article, “11 Horrific Details about The Rape of Nanking You’ll Never Unlearn.”, he writes “Tensions had been running high between the two countries because their politics and beliefs viciously collided. Then, Japan decided a full-scale invasion was necessary according to its imperialist
Succumbing to bad advice and popular opinion, President Roosevelt signed an executive order in February 1942 ordering the relocation of all Americans of Japanese ancestry to concentration camps in the interior of the United States. The fear of the Japanese was tangible. Many believed, whether or not they were born here, that all Japanese were spies or they were going to do some kind of harm to the U.S. The Japanese were rounded up everywhere and put into internment camps. These places were almost as bad as the concentration camps in Germany.
The Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor caused Japanese Americans to face discrimination. They were viewed as spies and suspicious. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were sent to one of 10 internment camps. Japanese Americans should receive reparations from the U.S. government because it was unfair what happened to them during WWII. Life for Japanese Americans in the camps was bad.
However, this was not exactly the whole truth. "This is no joke! This is real war! "(58) An anonymous radio host wails these words from a radio station located in Honolulu during the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese air force. This disclosure of information shows how the media affects the American people as they started to go into a patriotic hysteria right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The Japanese Americans were treated unfairly during their captivation in the internment camps. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the US into the second World War making the Japanese people an easy target for hate and suspicion. The American government forced all Japanese Americans into internment camps that were extremely cramped and unsanitary. The anti-Japanese propaganda influenced by the raging war just outside America, fueled Americans with hatred and distrust towards these immigrants which in turn made the engagement of the Japanese people, as well as culture such an easy feat. The United States was launched into WWII on December 7, 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
Hoover had veteran support before the removal of the protestors, after the protest, “Hoover also lost support of the VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars] and the American Legion, both of which condemned Hoover’s actions in local newspapers throughout the country” (Keaney 2). William R. Rice, the commander of an American Legion post, sarcastically complimented Hoover on revealing his, “sadistic principles of government,” to the nation (Lisio 39). Additionally, the Veterans Central Rank and File Committee, ridiculed the unjust treatment of the protestors, stating, “We got bullets in 1917. Many of us [veterans] were maimed and crippled for life. In 1932 we get the bullets and gas of the police, as we did in Washington, and the troops, which Hoover called put against us.
Forty years later, the Civil Liberties Act was issued preventing something like this from ever happening again. As part of the Civil Liberties Act, an apology was issued to all Japanese Americans that had been victims of Executive Order 9066 and each victim received $20,000 (Burns). The country will forever be changed because of Executive Order 9066. Thousands of lives were uprooted and forever changed because of the fear that was gripping the country. American citizens were treated like prisoners because of their Japanese background.