People worldwide were affected by the events of WWII. Ever wondered what had happened to those descendants of the Japanese, after Pearl Harbour? In the book When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka, she writes from the point of view of a Japanese-American family after Pearl Harbour. A Japanese-American family had been told that they were to leave in the morning to go to the internment camps, because of the attack on Pearl Harbour. In the middle of the book we find out that before they were told they would be put in these camps, their father had been taken in the night while trying to sleep. They had also faced prejudices in school when they returned from years of being in the internment camps. Seeing her husband being taken had also resulted …show more content…
The family had just gotten back from the camps and the kids had gone back to school. For the most part nothing changed until there weren't any teachers around. “At school our new teachers were kind to us, and the students in our classes polite, but at lunchtime they would not sit with us, or invite us to join in their games, and not a single one of our old friends from before --- friends who had once shouted out to us, ‘Your house or mine?’ every afternoon, after school, and whose backyards we had dug holes and built forts”(Otsuka 120). The family had gotten back from the train and the camps, and the kids were returning back to school. They were hoping that nothing would have changed because of recent past events. For the most part nothing had changed, until it became their lunchtime and the other students were ignoring them and their old friends had stopped talking to them, just based on something that someone with the same heritage did. Otsuka uses the perception of prejudice towards the kids in school to show just how much people's opinions change. The kids couldn’t have been older than 10. It gives the implication that the children's parents put the idea of all Japanese descendants being corrupt. Otsuka also uses the thematic idea of loss throughout the novel to show just how devastating of an experience the camps were. They were closing their eyes at night, getting ready for bed, when they heard a horse, and they thought that he was the one on the horse. They then started to imagine their father coming back, in many different ways, and imagining how he looked. “He could come back on a horse. On a bike. On a train. On a plane. In the same unmarked car that had once taken him away. He could be wearing a blue pink-striped suit. A red silk kimono. A grass skirt. A cowboy hat”(104). Their mind is making him think that their
In the novel when the emperor was divine written by Julie otsuka. Otsuka describes the experiences of the Japanese internment. The relocation of Japanese-Americans into internment camps during World War II. while there was terror in Europe with the Nazis and Jews the Americans accused the American-japanese of being spies for japan. Julie uses different characters in the book to describe how the camps treated them, from their point of view.
The memoir, “Farewell to Manzanar” by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, follow the life of the Wakatsuki family in Manzanar, going into depth how their new lives within the camps had a grave effect, altering the family dynamic of not only their family, but also that of all the internees. From the beginning, the authors open by portraying the sense of fear that swept across the Japanese community after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They describe how Jeanne’s father, who although at the time of pre-war had been living the “American dream”, owning his own business, and having his children to help him on his two boats, now feared for his freedom, burning the Japanese flag, as well as, anything else that could tie him back to his country
December 7th, 1941, the Japanese bombed the American naval base, Pearl Harbor. The occurrence of Pearl Harbor had depleted all trust between the two races. America’s response, conducted by President Theodore Roosevelt, lead to the interment of all Japanese-Americans. The first hand account Farewell to Manzanar written by Jeanne Wakatsuki, created a vivid illustration of what life was like being a young interned Japanese-American. In more detail, the struggles they were faced with after Manzanar were far greater ultimatums her and her family begrudgingly had to overcome.
All they wanted was just to go home and have everything go back to normal. The dreadful conditions of these camps did not only affect the residents physically but mentally as well. Otuska states, "She said she no longer had any appetite. Food bored her " (Otsuka 94). The effect of these camps upon its residents is unmeasurable.
Marginalization of Japanese Americans during WWII Imagine being in a public setting and people told you to leave because of the way you looked. In the book, When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka that is exactly what happened to a Japanese family in California. The family has forced out of their home and sent to an internment camp. The story is based on the stories of Japanese Americans during WWII. Forced marginalization affects people negatively due to isolation and a loss of cultural identity as it creates a stronger desire to fit in with society and creates distance from others who are marginalized.
Japanese people tend to have very similar facial features, but no person is the same. Being in these camps took away what makes each person unique; themselves. After the family got released from the internment camps they felt sort of empty. Like part of themselves had been taken. When the father returned from prison “He never talked about politics, or his arrest, or how he had lost all of teeth.
The children were taught to hide their culture so they would not be punished. The isolation and alienation they have to experience causes life long effects such as the PTSD that the father has. The isolation or alienation doesn’t have to be on a large scale such as internment camps to have a large effect on people. Bullying people can have the same effect on people. If someone brings a traditional cultural meal to school instead of a generic packed lunch.
Mary Matsuda Gruenewald tells her tale of what life was like for her family when they were sent to internment camps in her memoir “Looking like the Enemy.” The book starts when Gruenewald is sixteen years old and her family just got news that Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japan. After the bombing Gruenewald and her family life changed, they were forced to leave their home and go to internment camps meant for Japanese Americans. During the time Gruenewald was in imprisonment she dealt with the struggle for survival both physical and mental. This affected Gruenewald great that she would say to herself “Am I Japanese?
On December, 7th, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. As a result the Americans decided to intern those of Japanese descent on the west-coast of the United States. The Japanese were uprooted from their homes and were relocated to internment camps where they would live their lives for the next 4 years. Japanese internment was a horrid act put upon those of Japanese ancestry in World War II, only using the common good as a reason to judge why the Japanese should be interned. The Civil liberties of the Japanese on the west-coast were more important than the common good because there was no valid evidence that the Japanese were planning an attack with their homeland.
December 7th of 1941 America would face a horrific scene in their own homeland, the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor with their Air Force not once but twice. That same day President John F. Kennedy would decide to place the Japanese Americans, living in the country at the time, in internment camps. The civilians would not have a clue what they would be put up against, now they would have to encounter various obstacles to make sure they would be able to survive. “The camps were prisons, with armed soldiers around the perimeters, barbed wire. and controls over every aspect of life”(Chang).
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. Prior to World War II, the 127,000 Japanese-Americans along America’s west coast (Japanese American Relocation and Internment Camps) were considered just another immigrant group coming to America searching for a better life. However, with the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, this perception soon saw a drastic change. The attack on the US Naval base on December 7th, 1941 left many casualties in its wake.
Matsuda’s memoir is based off of her and her family’s experiences in the Japanese-American internment camps. Matsuda reveals what it is like during World War II as a Japanese American, undergoing family life, emotional stress, long term effects of interment, and her patriotism and the sacrifices she had to make being in the internment camps. Everyone living in Western section of the United States; California, Oregon, of Japanese descent were moved to internment camps after the Pearl Harbor bombing including seventeen year old Mary Matsuda Gruenewald and her family. Matsuda and her family had barely any time to pack their bags to stay at the camps. Matsuda and her family faced certain challenges living in the internment camp.
The novel, Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston is about Wakatsuki and her family’s experience in the Internment Camp, Manzanar. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued executive order 9066 which allowed the unconstitutional arrest of all Japanese Americans. Wakatsuki’s father was arrested falsely arrested for giving oil to Japanese submarines. As a result, he spent ten months in a separate prison camp that completely changed him. In Chapter Five of Farewell to Manzanar, Wakatsuki writes about the first months she and her family spent in Manzanar without her father and then she describes how they react when Papa returns.
After the internment, many of these internees had to deal with loads of prejudice from society. Racism sprung up from all directions due to the lies and propaganda the American government spread onto the people. Not only did this cause tensions between the Japanese and outside groups, but here you can see that there were internal conflicts as well with Jeanne wanting to pursue this position and Papa being highly against