The Struggle of American Japanese


When the attack of Pearl Harbor happen American became worried about American Japanese. American were worried because they thought that American Japanese were part of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The American Japanese were told that they only had a view day to pack up their belonging or sell them, because they were going to internment camps.

In the internment camps Japanese American were patrolled by armed guards. The living conditions were poor, overcrowded, no plumping system, and no cooking facilities. Furthermore, the American Japanese were American citizens, so they were put into these camp because of the color of their skin and accusation of the attack. The American Japanese were let down by America. They came to America hopping for a better life, but now they were put into camps.

If I was put in the situation that Japanese Americans I would be devastated. I would lots of words. I would question myself over and over what I did wrong. In all honesty, I wouldn’t be able to do anything to help myself because it would be out of my control, all I could is listen to the government and do what they say.

Keene, Jennifer D., et al. Visions of America: a History of the United States. Pearson, 2017

6 thoughts on “The Struggle of American Japanese

    1. With the way many of us live today I don’t think a good portion of people could survive in those camps. I imagine there was a lot of illness on top of starvation. With overcrowding, illnesses could only spread and get worse and without proper nutrition, it would only make people get sicker and weaker.

  1. Our treatment of Japanese American people during this time was absolutely terrible. After being forced out of their homes, they could only take as much as they could carry to the internment camps. Irreplaceable family heirlooms were confiscated, never to be returned. Potentially dangerous items and objects with a special connection to Japan were labeled “contraband.” Attempting escape, resisting orders, and treason were all punishable by death in internment camps. Even after the camps were closed and the Japanese American people imprisoned there were released, many people were still fearful of them. This fear caused many Japanese American people to be attacked and their businesses to be destroyed.

    1. With all tragedies come very hard decisions, with hindsight we know that placing Japanese-Americans in internment camps was a horrendous thing to do. At the time however, they thought Japanese spies were prevalent among the population. I am absolutely not for any type of anti humanitarian putting out of races due to xenophobia or anything else, I am simply playing devils advocate. Do we think that FDR was purposely demonstrating this horrible act, or do you think that he was simply doing in the moment what he thought was best?
      After 9/11 President George W Bush declared war on the Taliban government and al-Queda, and the acts of 9/11 created an instant fear of Muslims that I feel is still very much alive today. Because of the acts of few, many were discriminated against in both cases. To discount the severity of hatred acts like displacing families and putting them in internment camps would be wrong and that is not what I am trying to accomplish, I am just trying to start a dialog.

  2. As horrendous as it was to have imprisoned Japanese Americans, I can understand why the government decided to do this. It was a fear based decision. They needed someone to place their fear and blame on for the latest attacks by Japan. Sadly, the government’s fear of the Japanese during this time led to the Japanese Americans losing trust in our US government for generations to come.

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