Cultural Differences Between Pearl Harbor And 9/11

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Abstract Imagine not being able to walk outside at night or having to sell your possessions and abandon your home to spend years behind barbed wire—even though you’d done nothing wrong. For Japanese Americans during World War II, this scenario was reality. The freedom they once had is now gone, as they are put into concentration camps no longer in their home. Now having to line up for meals and to do laundry, thing you did before on a normal basis, while being hovered over. The internment of Japanese Americans in the U.S. was the act of forcing those of Japanese decent to relocation and incarcerating them during World War II. Between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry was under armed guard and behind barbed wire living on the …show more content…

was their first experience of an attack. As you compare the two it is mind blowing how equivalent of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 are to one another. One similarity between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor is the fact that these were unprovoked attacks, without benefit of declaration of war on U.S. soil. The aftermath of both Pearl Harbor and 9/11 there were exaggerated fears of follow-up attacks. In California, people feared that a Japanese attack on the West Coast would occur. In 9/11, our airports were closed down for several days fearing another airplane …show more content…

After 9/11 the United States was able to retaliate against the aggressor almost instantly. Within a month we were waging war in Afghanistan against Bin Laden. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, it took us six months to stop the Japanese and nearly nine months before we were able to start launching an offensive against them. In both scenarios the people reacted differently. After the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans, mostly on the West Coast, were forced out of their homes and had to relocate in camps for several years. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, President Bush, as well as, the American public tried to avoid that kind of reaction against Muslim Americans. It amazing how in 1941 Americans listened to the news of Pearl Harbor on the radio and on 9/11 Americans watched the attack live from the television or even on a

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