Monday, November 7, 2011

What are some ways the Japanese-Americans dealt with discrimination in the US before/during/after the internment camps?

1 comment:

  1. Great question.

    When Japanese people first began immigrating to the United State, they could not speak the language and didn't know American culture which led to a lot of misunderstandings. I think that those misunderstandings played a big factor in the discrimination that existed before.

    Once Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the discrimination stemmed more out of fear and now non-Japanese Americans felt that they had the justification to be discriminatory to all Japanese Americans.

    Even after WW2, the discrimination continued because of the built in fear/anger/misunderstandings, but also because generations were passing down their distrust to their children despite there being no reason for doing so since it wasn't Japanese people as a whole that bombed Pearl Harbor, but only a small group.