Americans had a strong belief that immigrants drained the resources such as medical services and the education of Americans. This belief stemmed from how people felt the government was not doing enough with the issue of immigration as only 28% of respondents in the study above said they were satisfied with how the government handled the issue. They were unaware that a majority of immigrants took jobs undesired by most Americans, “Migrants usually take jobs that natives are unwilling or unable to do, thus complementing the local labour force rather than competing with it” (“Changing Public Perceptions of Immigrants”). Immigrants helped build the infrastructure of the American society. They did the jobs undesired by most Americans such as being a maid, a housekeeper, a janitor, and a taxi driver.
However, these advantages were just a trick that Japan made. These situations might seem like Japan contributed to development of Korea, but they were actually destroying the country. In true, railroads were needed to move the raw materials that they plundered, and they could plunder more efficiently and strategically by communication, so they educated the people. Therefore, Koreans became worse off as time went on. Per capita rice consumption went down as more was exported to Japan, and all of the top positions were held by Japanese(ibid).
The internment of Japanese Americans was not justified because there was little evidence suggesting they were a threat. The people were left financially ruined as they lost their homes, businesses, and land. Prior to the war, people of the Japanese were a valuable element in the population. They were law-abiding citizens who contributed to the contributed to the arts, agriculture, and many actually joined the armed forces. Thousands of Japanese workers helped construct the Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Oregon Short Line and other railroads in the Columbia River Basin.
To start off, Americans weren’t affected by the Japanese Internment Camps as much as Germans, and those in surrounding countries, were by the Nazi Concentration Camps. As said in the American Propaganda Video, Japanese-Americans were, “...potentially dangerous…” and that the relocation of them was, “...with real consideration for the people involved.” Most Americans didn’t know the truth about the Japanese Internment Camps so they were, if anything, comfortable with the decision. However, this wasn’t the case with the Nazi Concentration Camps. Germans who didn’t remain loyal to Hitler were sent to a Concentration Camp, leaving thousands of Germans living in fear. Other countries, like Poland, were also affected by this, Concentration Camps were built in Poland and all Jewish people living in Poland were put into a camp.
Asian Americans were suspicious to Californians because there was a thriving vice economy in Chinatown and most Asians were not Christian. Even before that, Americans had a mythic ideal of Asians or ”Orientals” and were concerned about foreigners in their country. Coincidentally , America’s economy was shifting from freedom for workers to capitalism and most Californians projected their fear onto Asian Americans. In their opinion, Asian American immigrants spoiled the United States independence and freedom(Guo). Some political parties even openly wished for Asians to be ostracized from the rest of America.
The workers that were protesting outside the farm in The Grapes of Wrath are just like the protesters that protested in New York, they wanted fair and better wages so they could support themselves and their families. Although these two situations happened in different eras, they still hold the same issue that people need fair wages in order to survive. In the book, the low wages were bad because the Joad family couldn 't afford food while the low wages now won’t allow workers to pay rent. The time periods might be different but the issues are still the
The second point of view is much stronger and it is the point of view I will especially talk about. It says that Shinto is much more than just a religion it is the Japanese way of living, it is the windows through which the Japanese people see the world. It touches every possible aspect of the Japanese lifestyle: the social aspect (familial issues, neighbors, work), the political aspect, the ethical aspect, the sports aspect (Sumo), the art aspect (paintings and poetry), and of course the spiritual aspect. In Shintoism the actions are much more important than beliefs, which means that for example for a Shinto follower it is better to concentrate on a ritual and do it perfectly than concentrate on the belief behind it. That is why for a Japanese people don’t especially think of Shintoism as a religion but rather it taught as a way of life.
The first Japanese-Americans, or Issei, came to America in the early 1880s, looking for work and adventure. Many Issei were laborers, coming to America to snatch up all the jobs the Chinese had left open in the wake of the Chinese Expulsion Act of 1882. Though many were laborers, some were students, merchants, or professionals. Racism was a massive problem for the Japanese-Americans. Native born Americans resented the Japanese presence in the Pacific Northwest as they believed that the Japanese were taking jobs that belonged to the Americans.
Deng Xiaoping’s establishment of international relations and the Four Modernizations affected the Chinese people in a positive way by making China a more modern and industrialized place. Beginning in the early 1900’s, Japan started to conquer and occupy land in China in order to gain more resources. This caused a lot of trouble for the Chinese but with the help of the Allies they managed to drive the Japanese out of China.
The first Japanese Americans emigrated to the U.S. mostly as the second or third sons of the family in search of a new economic future similar to other immigrants. Primogeniture was still in practice in the late 1800’s, so the eldest son inherited the entire estate, leaving the other sons at the mercy of their own resourcefulness. These fortune seekers settled along the western states as farmers and farm laborers amid high anti-Chinese sentiment. They’re willingness to work for lower wages in poor conditions created a split labor market and as a result, they endured extreme hostility and physical attacks from union members representing the manufacturing and service industries. They experienced legal discrimination in the forms of denial of citizenship and denial of land ownership as non-whites.
In addition, the vocational services set standards and guidelines throughout the workplace to provide services for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students. “Our society is full of people whose contributions and desires to integrate often go unnoticed and unfulfilled. ()” “Ignorance is Bliss.” The lack of knowledge from ignoring what the world has to offer to you is hindering our society today. These immigrants play a vital role in American society and the economy, but we have yet to fully understand or implement a plan to accommodate their needs for them to achieve success as a U.S. citizen. Most of these workers come into the workforce with little or no English language proficiency which is a major disadvantage.
The Chinese immigrants, however, were not the only ones to receive such hate and discrimination. This eventually spread towards Japanese and many other groups of Asian immigrants. However, instead of banning them altogether, the government just segregated them under the San Francisco Segregation order in the year of 1906. However, the Japanese government got involved and spoke out against this treatment. As a result, this would lead to the compromise of the Gentlemen’s agreement.
One law was the Interstate Commerce Act which helped to economically aid workers. This aided workers because railroads had to openly publish their rates, so their companies could not be charged more than they deserve to be charged. Prior to this law, railroads could charge large companies very little and small companies too much. Another way the industrial worker was affected by government actions was through the Chinese Exclusion Act, which affected the workers socially. This act outlawed all Chinese immigration to America for ten years, although it actually lasted until 1943.
Deporting or getting rid of these workers would make the prices to increase in daily products such as milk, vegetables, or fruits. Furthermore, it will also create an issue in industries like construction and hospitality, because then there will be a scarcity of employees. Unlike most most people think, undocumented immigrants do not send all their money to their homeland, they do send money to their countries, for the reason that, they support families. The majority of their money is spent within the United States, and therefore, help the economy. These migrants have dreams, they want to buy a house or a car, they want to help America the same way citizens do, so why not give them the opportunity.