The Cultural And Social Effects Of Japanese Internment Camps

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Social Effects of Japanese Internment The U.S. internment of people of Japanese descent during the 1940s was a major event in U.S. history, but it is often overlooked by many. It affected hundreds of thousands of people of Japanese descent, whether they were citizens or not. The incarceration of those placed in camps was affected mentally and it caused many of the internees to develop PTSD or otherwise commonly known as post-traumatic stress disorder (Potts, 1994, p. 1). The camps affected how the Japanese were viewed in society during the time period of the camps and following the liberation of them. It also changed how the Japanese viewed society. This paper will focus on the cultural and social aspects of the Internal Improvements. The internment camps could be a stressful and scary for the people in them. They had small living quarters that they had fit large families into, and depending on what camp you went to; served little food. Sanitation and access to medical care was limited. And something that traumatic can cause mental health issues in young children because it can be a traumatic experience being forced to leave your home and move to a less than substandard camp. Experiencing a traumatic event can lead to issues later on in a person’s life like reliving it, dreaming, or losing sleep over it. And because this was a traumatic event for many people it led to them developing PTSD (Potts, 1994, p1). Of the people who developed PTSD women were more likely to develop
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