The Japanese-American Internment Camps

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Whenever you think of World War II camps, the first thing that comes to mind are the Nazi concentration camps. Although not many people think about the American internment camps, they were a very big problem at the time for the Japanese. Most of the Japanese were relocated to these camps, many of which were atrocious. During World War II, the Japanese-American internment camps had many issues, such as: being forced from communities, harsh living conditions, and prejudice from the non-Japanese. Two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed executive order 9066, authorizing the War Relocation Authority to force 117,000 Japanese from their homes to camps, 70,000 of which were born in America (“Japanese Relocation During World War II”). Even the Japanese-American veterans from World War I were transferred. They would not be certain what would happen to their homes and properties, they most decided to sell them. Because of the rush to…show more content…
By using propaganda to dehumanize the Japanese and instill fear in Americans, it prompted cultural and racial hatred of the Japanese. The purpose of this propaganda was to rally the nation behind the war to defeat the Japanese enemy. Aside from all the fear tactics, the posters would include racial stereotypes, such as yellow skin, slanted eyes, and faces that would resemble animals; the Americans would be depicted with attractive facial features, peach skin, and no type of animalism. The Americans could relate to this portrayal of their race. The subhuman depiction of the Japanese detached any relations from the two races. These racial distinctions were included to further alienate the Japanese. These biased depictions were in the media too. One popular recurring character is “Tokio Kid”, created by Jack Campbell for Time Magazine. There was also a article in Life Magazine, called How to Tell the Japs from the Chinese (“WWII Propaganda: The Influence of
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