Japanese Canadian Internment During The Beginning Of Wwii

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Japanese-Canadian Internment WWII

During the beginning of WWII, there were a lot of Japanese Canadians living in Canada, all of which were either second-generation Canadians, Japanese people who had taken Canadian citizenship or those who were still Japanese nationals. These Japanese Canadians mainly inhabited British Columbia and smaller villages in the coastal regions of the west coast. Prior to their internment, Japanese Canadians suffered great prejudice, discrimination and racism. White people were fearful that they would lose their dominance due to competition in industries such as fishing, farming, markets and even in education. The Canadian Government created laws stating that Japanese Canadians were not allowed to vote, they also had fishing and farming permits denied, which were supposed to motivate them to move back to Japan. On top of that, White people also feared that Japan would attempt to expand into Canada and take it’s natural resources due to Japan’s expansionist policies that existed at the time. On December 7th, 1941, Japanese Air Forces attacked the US forces at Pearl Harbor, pulling the US into the second world war. On the same day, 50,000 Japanese troops attacked Hong Kong, which was a British Colony at the time. After events the events at Pearl Harbour, anyone living in Canada of Japanese immigration or descent would be considered an “enemy alien”. Around this time, Japan also launched attacks on the Philippines and Malaya, the victories in these
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