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TOPIC: What happened to the Japanese Americans?????

What happened to the Japanese Americans????? 14 Oct 2012 19:20 #1397

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This week in my communications class our professor directed our attention to the injustice and prejudice against the Japanese americans during world war 2, and after the bombing of pearl harbor. We viewed several clips on a website which were all documentary style informative and educational clips on the families and people forced into camps across america. Some of those camps being here in California.

These clips INFURIATED me!!!! I was overcome with such emotion and sadness. I had no idea that any of this discrimination and prejudice had ever occurred against these people. Our own people!!!!!! UUUGGGGGHHHH!!!!! it makes me so mad!!!! and i'm not even Japanese American!!! I'm so glad that he had enlightened me and opened my eyes upon this subject. I feel that it's a necessity and something that should be included and taught in our curriculum today in high school. The real kicker for me is that none of this was even touched upon for me in high school. I feel so ignorant to the fact that these people had to suffer within my country...within "Our" country.

Not once in high school or anytime within our school system was this subject ever brought up or touched upon. America wants to educate it's young people on what 50% of the truth and not the full story. Here I am thinking that I live in such a "land of opportunity" and "freedom for all" yet not even 70 years ago, we jumped to hasty generalizations and decided to single out a whole race of people and force them into camps. We may not have killed them all, BUT THIS MAKES US NO BETTER THAN HITLER!!!!! Sure, we didn't gas them, but we took them out slowly, and emotionally, wearing them down with 4 years of entrapment and unthinkable living conditions that would be unacceptable for people in our prisons today! Here I am thinking that we were the victims in the attack against pearl harbor, when we turned on our own people!!! The Japanese Americans are the real victims in all of this. AND!!!! And, in high school they taught us about how we so valiantly went over to germany and fought against hitler and his atrocities against people in WW2, yet we did the same thing to our own people!!! right here on our soil!!!! It sickens me about how america picks and chooses what it feels is important enough to teach and not teach within our public schools. This was so recent compared to some of the other useless events that the history books go over.

African americans (not taking anything from them, they did have it rough and came from slavery and everything we already know) were not the only people persecuted in this country, and I believe it has become our duty as citizens that if we are going to emphasize curriculum on one particular race and its history within our country, then do it across the board for all of the other races that have come to form this melting pot that we so proudly call The United States of America!!!!!
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What happened to the Japanese Americans????? 19 Nov 2012 02:01 #1565

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I just like you, recently found out about this through my media class. I have never ever heard about this before, except about the story of when Pearl Harbor was attacked. I am Swedish though, and understand that it might not be something that is included in my history class in high school in Sweden, even though we go through a lot of American history. But I had no idea that you Americans never had been taught about this in school. I think that is very weird. I feel like America overall try to show off as a perfect country many times. They always do the “right things”, it is “the land of the free” etc. which is clearly not always the case. I agree with you that this should definitely be in the curriculum in American high school history classes and I would very much like to know why it is not. Who decides these things? It is as you said, a happening so big and extreme that it is comparable to what happened in Germany and Poland during WWII. It would be very interesting to find an explanation to why a happening as important as this has been left out of the American high school education and why the happening isn't talked about much in general either.
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What happened to the Japanese Americans????? 10 Mar 2013 19:02 #1979

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I am half japanese and my grandmother and grandfather went through the internment camps when they were really young. I heard all the stories about the internment camps and was dumb founded that there were people in the world in the 20th century who locked up every single japanese american who were citizens in a camp. They could only bring a suitcase and what ever they could carry and leave there businesses and homes behind. The living situations were horrible in the camps, they lived in shacks where there was no running water and no bathroom and they usually only had two beds if they were lucky. The living conditions were dry and hot almost desert like. My grandmother was too young to remember alot of the camp but she does remember the soilders coming to her house and taking her and her family in a van and dropping them off at the camp. Once they were let out of the camps they wer given the minimal amount of money for there troubles and basically had to rebuild there lives from nothing. They came back to there houses left the way there were when they left.
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What happened to the Japanese Americans????? 24 Mar 2013 22:28 #2254

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Christina, I didn't find out about this until I was out of high school, either. I went to the Japanese American National Museum downtown a few years ago, and their exhibition about the camps made me cry. Here's the website, if you ever want to go visit: www.janm.org/

The really strange thing is that some young men who'd been interned were allowed out of the camps to fight in the US Armed Forces, but they were sent to Europe, instead of the Pacific Theatre.

I haven't gotten to see it, but George Takei helped produce musical called "Allegiance" about the camps. His family was interned when he was very young. There are a lot of stories and links on the website: www.allegiancemusical.com/
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