Japanese Internment Camps During The World War II

1572 WordsJun 5, 20177 Pages
During the second World War, the United States government produced and circulated several forms of propaganda with varying intentions. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, posters and leaflets dehumanizing the Japanese promoted racial and cultural hatred towards an entire country. Though the targets of American WWII propaganda varied, a major sentiment expressed throughout the war was a cultural and racial hatred toward Axis powers which emphasized stereotypes and harbored an unfounded hatred for an entire culture that acted as a short term causation for more Americans to support the war effort at home but also catalyzed long term effects such as the establishment of Japanese internment camps within the United States. World War II…show more content…
As Hannah Miles explains, “The peach skin color of the woman is a typical depiction of a Caucasian American, while yellow is the color stereotypically assigned to people of Asian descent”. In addition to this, the man in the poster has slanted eyes, which “illustrate another Asian stereotype, and the monkey-like face depicts the Japanese as animalistic monsters” (Miles). The frightening and prejudiced characterization of the Japanese figure in the poster in contrast with the delicate and harmless appearance of the Caucasian woman was crucial in creating fear of the Japanese race and a perspective that they were nothing but monstrous beings. Racist propaganda was not limited to just posters, even well respected publications like Life Magazine produced such material. A December 22, 1941 edition of Life published photos & text on how to identify Japanese people from the Chinese, portraying Chinese as harmless, friendly people, and Japanese as an unfavorable enemy. As can be seen in Figure 2, the Chinese man is described as a “public servant,” while the Japanese man is listed as a “Japanese warrior” whose face “[shows the] humorless intensity of ruthless mystics” (Miles). Hannah Miles explains further that “skin color and facial features are generalized for each race, feeding into the stereotypes that permeated American psyches.” A vast majority of wartime propaganda was published in the form of posters, but the extent of influence reached as far
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