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.
Over 180,000 Japanese were killed in these two bombings and thousands more died later due to radiation sickness (Langley 84). However, when the United States was suffering through a dark period, it is a fair decision to use atomic weapons to shorten the amount of casualties. United States President Truman knew of the way the Japanese fought. They fought to the death, and they were brutal to the prisoners of war. Besides, United States had suffered the loss of over 418,000 lives, both military and civilian (Perry 286).
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.
In Canada Japanese families were forced into livestock buildings where they would wait months to be relocated. In both nations, the majority of those interned were either naturalized citizens or born in the nation. This unnecessary measurement erased the lives of thousands of citizens. At the end of the war, the people of British Columbia forced all Japanese to either return to Japan, which was still recovering after the devastating bombs, or move to another part of Canada. In America, with the Korematsu vs the United States case, the constitutionality of Roosevelt’s 9086 Order was argued and deemed the order constitutional during the War.
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.
One American who was stuck in Nanking at the time of the massacre reported that since December 15, , only the third day of the massacre, “cases of rape became very general, and there were about a thousand cases a day. After being raped, some women were killed in a bestial manner. The ages of the rape victims varied from ten to seventy years old.” Another correspondence, published in London’s The Daily Telegraph and Morning Post, corroborated the previous account with additional anonymous accounts of the atrocities occurring in Nanking via “reports and letters sent by professors at the University of Nanking and by American missionaries to the Japanese Embassy and to the missionary headquarters.
The Isseri were Japanese people who immigrated to America, for example Gruenewald parents. Niseri are the American born child born from the Isseri. In the beginning of the imprisonment of the Japanese people the both the Isseri and Niseri had a hard time dealing with their current situation and some dealt with it worst then others for example Mrs. Sato who was acquaintance with Gruenewald and her family came in their apartment and stated to cry out “I can’t stand the heat, the awful food, the dust storms, the lack of privacy, and I can’t sleep and get any relief at night. I hate everything about this place.” Mrs. Sato reaction was what most people in the camp experience in the camp.
All just the same race and Americans have made Japanese feel ashamed about their own race. 1942 to 1945 toddlers, children,and teens called Manzanar home and during that time they grew up in a national crisis. American citizens were denied them during wartime. Bloodiness caused them to be segregated from their non-Japanese peers and playmates. They have
However, the Japanese government continues to deny that this event ever happened and fails to teach it in their school curriculum. Many Japanese civilians are clueless as to what happened during the war between China and Japan. After the Rape of Nanking ended, very few Japanese soldiers were put on trial, and only seven were executed. Many of the men who participated in the mass killing and raping of the Chinese continued to hold political office after their time in the army was completed. Iris Chang wrote this book in such exorbitant detail to demand an official apology from the Japanese government to those affected by the evil they endowed on the innocent citizens, as well as educate future generations about the onus that their government
Japanese Americans got their citizenship taken away. The United States of America propaganda video declares “Japanese Americans homes, work, etc. were taken over for plane landings, oil industries, etc.” Also, Japanese Americans got their basic rights taken away. Pat Morita quotes “Had 5 days to get all of the their belongings figured out.” Jews had a unlivable environment.
Some Japanese-Americans died in the camps, because of lack of medical care, and food shorted.” “The soldiers shot them if they did not follow the rules or orders the camp had.” “As it states on www.ushistory.org “In 1944, two and a half years after signing executive order 9066, Fourth-term President Franklin D. Roosevelt resigned the order, the last internment camp was closed by the end of 1945.” “In 1988 the congress paid each survivor of the camps twenty thousand dollars.” “It is estimated that seventy three million dollars people are still getting their money for the violation of their freedom.”
In my opinion, the Japanese were still trying to show that they were Americans. They were complying with people putting them into the internment camps and they burned all of their heritage. Honestly, they were not doing anything un-American, but, because of their race, they were targeted. Arresting someone based on race is not constitutional, but we still see it today.
What if you and your family got kicked out of your house, moved across the country, were forced to live in stables and fed rotten food all because you had a great grandfather who was Japanese? This is how it was for the Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast of the U.S., all because of their Japanese ancestors. How could the Japanese-Americans put an end to this outrageous disaster? How could it have been avoided?
When put into the Japanese Internment Camps, Japanese-Americans were held at gunpoint and forced to leave their homes. After they were released from the camps, Japanese-Americans didn’t have a home to go back to. Not to mention the fact that the Nazi Concentration Camps left survivors mentally damaged and some mentally and physically disabled while the Japanese Internment Camps left survivors in a stable condition. In the Nazi Concentration Camps, prisoners were used as test subjects and those who did survive were left mentally or physically disabled. Even then,