In World War II under the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt a document was signed that changed the lives of more than 120,000 people. This document was Executive Order 9066 which disclosed the orders of evacuating all Japanese-Americans from the West Coast (Lecture 12/1). This decision came to realization two months after the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 1941. This event sparked paranoia with the President and the American people, because there were Japanese people living within the U.S. and they feared that the Japanese population would invaded America thinking that they were loyal to Japan. Due to the concern of the public, President Roosevelt was pressured to sign Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942 (Lecture
They were always looked down upon for the inability to speak the language there. Many businesses owned by Japanese people were vandalised, making it increasingly difficult for Japanese people to live in Canada. However, the Japanese Canadians posed no military threat at all, protecting them from any higher level of racism. After the Empire of Japanese decided to attacked Pearl Harbor, everything made a turn for the worse. Now, in addition with the moderate level of racism the Japanese were experiencing, the Canadian people thought they posed a threat as terrorists; making life exponentially harder for them.
When you think of internment camps in World War II and the discrimination of an entire race, you probably think of the Nazi’s mass genocide of the Jewish people. However, not nearly as often discussed or taught, was the American discrimination of Japanese-Americans in the form of Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Due to the terrible attack on Pearl Harbor, the American public became paranoid of another attack on American soil and as a result of this, war hysteria overtook the country. Anti- Japanese paranoia increased due to a large Japanese presence in the West Coast. The American people thought of the Japanese Americans as a security risk in the event of a Japanese invasion of the American mainland.
How would you feel if one day you were told to leave your whole life behind to live in captivity just because people halfway across the world did something wrong? This horror story was all too true for the thousands of Japanese Americans alive during World War II. Almost overnight, thousands of proud Japanese Americans living on the west coast were forced to leave their homes and give up the life they knew. The United States government was not justified in the creation of Japanese internment camps because it stripped law-abiding American citizens of their rights out of unjustified fear. Furthermore, the United States should do more to compensate the families of those impacted by internment because the recompense provided initially was minimal and should be considered an affront to the memory of the victims.
Anyone who was of Japanese heritage was systematically removed from their homes and sent to internment camps. The money was used to pay the realtors and auctioneers and to handle fees and cover storage. The money remaining usually were given as small allowances to the people living in internment camps.The Japanese Canadians had to pay for their own internment. The federal cabinet was headed by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and and he was the one who deemed the internment of Japanese-Canadians.This decision was unwarranted. Even the Department of National Defence and the RCMP showed evidence that it was
The boy’s description of the Japanese prisoners shows that he’s assimilated the prevalent racist beliefs about Japanese people. Using racially insensitive language, the boy expresses the stereotype that “all Asian people look alike.” Additionally, their perceived “inscrutability” was the exact reason why the U.S. government locked up innocent Japanese Americans citizens in the first place. According to Otsuka (2003), "On the first day of the camp, the mother tells him to never touch the fences and to never to say the Emperor’s name aloud". In defiance of his mother’s warning, the boy sometimes walks past the guard towers, pulls his hat down over his head, and whisper the Emperor’s name. The woman knows that if the guards hear the boy say the Emperor’s name, they will be suspicious that the boy and his family are allied with Japan and the divine Emperor.
The Japanese despised the Chinese due to complicated historical issues between the two countries. Examples of Japan’s hatred for the Chinese was the Rape of Nanking where Japanese troops killed the Chinese by a mass execution and spared nobody, not even the women and children. Dutch is represented as a shoe because the Dutch were known to make wooden shoes. However, the artist could also intended to critisise that the Dutch were not as powerful as Japan, as displayed by a shoe against the sun. Before the war, Japan wanted to be seen as equal with the Westerners in terms of power however they decided that they wanted to be superior to them and thus initialised war and invaded many countries.
How would you like to be forced out of your home and then sent to a location where you were forced to live there for an unknown amount of time? Well about 120,000 Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and sent to internment camps during World War II. The United States has been one of the most powerful and most imitated Nation throughout the world. However the United states is not perfect as it has made mistakes and unpolitical decisions that were based on fear and prejudeuce. Two months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed the Executive Order 9066 ordering all Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast.
In her book, The Rape of Nanking, Iris Chang wrote about the atrocities that happened within a few weeks in 1937. Her own grandparents escaped the massacre and sparked her interest in the sparsely covered events. In December 1937, the Japanese took control of Nanking, the capital of China at the time. The Japanese army quickly marched into the city and not only looted and burned the buildings of the city, but also systematically raped, tortured, and murdered over 300,000 Chinese civilians. The cruel treatment of the Chinese by Japanese soldiers represents the brutality behind the militaristic culture and their values of human lives.
Other shocking means of torture and death employed by the Japanese are also described by Chang, but too horrendous to recall here. What is even more horrific about the Rape of Nanking is that it was the rule, not the exception, during Japan’s occupation of China. The reason why the Nanking massacre has been documented at all was the presence of foreigners in the capital city, many of whom heroically saved the lives of thousands of Chinese. According to Chang, because the Japanese had an ingrained sense of racial superiority which was affronted when the Chinese refused to capitulate - indeed, they resisted furiously when the imperial army marched into China - someone had to
Pearl Harbor created an overwhelming fear amongst the citizens of America of the Japanese. After the attack, Franklin Roosevelt released the Executive Order 9066 which prohibited the Japanese from entering the Pacific Coast, unless they were in an internment camp. The Wartime Civil Control Administration, and War Relocation Authority became two of the biggest internment camps. Likewise in Canada, fear started
George Takei quotes “Barb wired camps and gun points.” Concentration camps had no way of escaping because all of the guards and high barb wired surrounding them. Although, both events were taking people’s rights away and relocating them because they are a threat, overall Nazi concentration camps and Japanese internment camps are not essentially the same. Nazi concentration camps and Japanese internment camps are not essentially the same by the reason for moving the people, the treatment, and conditions of the camps. President Ford’s speech apologized for the relocation of the Japanese Americans, even though that couldn’t change the fact it happened. The Jewish people never got an apology.
“It was December 7th 1941 Pearl Harbor was just bombed, and America doesn 't know what to do but declare war on Japan.” “Making them officially in WWII”. “America is afraid that there are Japanese spies planted all over America.” “The result was to dehumanize all Japanese Americans by putting them in special camps called Internment Camps.” “Basically America 's Concentration camps, but not as hash.” “The government transported the Japanese with a letter in the mail telling them to “leave their jobs and homes and report to the train station”. “There were about 8,000 Japanese that stayed behind and moved out of their homes, because lack of resources.” “In 1942 the Japanese, along with Germans, Italians, and other European descents were sent to seven states in Idaho, California, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arkansas.” “There were 110,000 to 120,000 Japanese sent
On December 7th, 1941,when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor there was a intense pressure of anti-Japanese feeling in Canada. They feared that the Japanese Canadians would help Japan to invade Canada 's West Coast. Anyone of Japanese origin in Canada were treated with suspicion, hatred and discrimination. Many spoke no Japanese and had little or no connection to Japan. But within a week the Japanese Canadian homes, businesses and boats were taken under the War Measures Act without any form of restitution.