Japanese American Women During WWII Essay

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During World War II, approximately 120,000 people of Japanese descent who lived on the Pacific Coast of the US were sent to internment camps after the bombing at Pearl Harbor by Japan on December 7th, 1941. American citizens made up 62% of those who were interned. And even though these American citizens were being unconstitutionally blocked off from the rest of society, the majority of these citizens still declared that they remained forever loyal to America. Some of the recollections left behind by the internees of their experiences at these camps include letters to their loved ones, diaries, pictures, and even full plays. And while living in often cramped, and poorly maintained conditions, the internees still tried to lead normal lives…show more content…
Another issue that the internees dealt was the small space in which they were now required to live, which consisted of small bunks which were occupied by entire families, or multiple families depending on their size. And when some families would share a bunk, the room dividers between each family sometimes didn’t even reach the ceiling. Even though the constitutional rights of these citizens were being severely infringed, many of them still remained loyal to the United States and tried to remain American as possible; for example, girls still bought magazines and many of the modern fashions were still adopted, many women even held jobs which included working in canning centers, owning a hair salon, teaching, etc.. Although everyone earned pretty much the same income and some of the jobs were exhausting and time consuming. However, there were beauty pageants, parades, and festivals throughout the year that many of these women looked forward to all year… besides the little scraps of news and letters that they would receive from their friends on the outside. The children in these communities still went to school; many of them even having dreams of going to college upon their release from the internment camps. Church was also a big deal for many of these families as many of them turned to religion for some sort of comfort from the prison they were living in. So all in all, these little camps still functioned as small societies… who were just blocked off from
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