United States and the Japanese-Americans Essay

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United States and the Japanese-Americans

The United States of America has had a rich and complex history that showcases a nation on the move, a nation based on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and a nation that is based on equality under the law and considered to be the land of opportunity for all. However, these American ideals are not always put into practice, especially when it comes to the treatment of immigrants. Whether these immigrants are Irish, Jewish, Italian, etc, they have not been afforded the same rights and privileges as their American brethren. One such group of immigrants that gets overlooked in the discourse of the mistreatment of the immigrant is the Japanese. Although they are often
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In 1913, the Alien Land Bill disqualified Japanese immigrants from owning land in California, and in 1924, the U.S. Congress, for all intents and purposes, disallowed any further immigration of Japanese people (Houston and Houston xi). This last act in this sequence is a culmination of anti-Asian sentiment. First, the United States would not give naturalization rights to Asian immigrant or even allow these immigrants to apply for citizenship. Then the U.S. government would not allow them to own land and finally stopped their immigration to the United States altogether. Although these particular acts do not specifically target the Japanese but Asian-Americans in general, these actions by the U.S. government definitely do not aid in the attempt of Japanese immigrants to successfully become U.S. citizens and integrate into American society.

However, that does not mean that the U.S. did not create certain understandings with the Japanese government to choke off Japanese immigration. In 1905, the Russo-Japanese War was won by the Japanese, the first time that an Asian power had ever defeated a premiere European power. With this shocking victory came much anti-Japanese sentiment. In November 1906, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Japanese immigrants were loyal only to the Japanese empire and that every Japanese immigrant was a spy for the Empire of Japan. To further this hostility, the San Francisco School Board segregated the Japanese
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